Coke Life – Is this a healthy choice?

So you may have seen this green bottle popping up at your local supermarket, dairy or service station…and you may find yourself asking is this actually healthy???
Here is my quick take on it….
Yes Coca Cola Life has 35% less sugar than regular Coca Cola. However this means that one 600ml bottle still contains 40g of sugar or 10 teaspoons!
The WHO recommendations adults to consume NO MORE than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day (AND children are less than this again). So if you polish off this bottle that is your entire day (and some!) without even thinking about actual food!
The green label along with their clever marketing does imply it is a ‘healthier’ drink however the ingredient list and nutrition panel tell a different story.
So to answer my question is this a healthy option?…..The healthiest option is to leave this on the shelf!

Larissa

Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist 

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