1. This is what Coca Cola Life looks like.
It’s sweetened with stevia, which is extracted from a South American leaf. That means it has a third less sugar and a third fewer calories than normal Coke. The company trialled the drink in Chile and Argentina and the UK launch is the first in Europe.
2. James Quincey, the president of Coca-Cola Europe, said it would help the Government with its plans to tackle obesity:
“With Coca-Cola Life, we have innovated to provide consumers with a new option with fewer calories. We were early signatories to the UK Government’s Responsibility Deal.”
3. But here’s the thing. Normal Coke is full of sugar.
This is what’s left when it’s been boiled down: a mix of sugar and chemicals. The new product still has about four teaspoons and will contain 89 calories. Some campaigners have said the green packaging is therefore misleading, because this isn’t exactly a healthy drink.