We have many questions in life, some of which we may never truly know the answer to: What’s the meaning of life? Can you cry under water? Do penguins have knees?
Well, now we finally have a definitive conclusion to one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Why do Diet Cokeand Coca-Cola Zero Sugar taste so different from one another, and what’s the point of them both anyway?
It’s all down to one single ingredient, and we’re here to put you out of your misery.
According to Coca-Cola’s official site: “Both drinks are sugar-free and calorie-free. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar looks and tastes more like Coca-Cola classic, while Diet Coke has a different blend of flavors, which gives it a lighter taste.”
So what’s the ingredient that makes them taste so different, then? The U.K.’s Mirror believes it’s actually citric acid — which is only in the Diet Coke variety — with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar instead using sodium citrate to emulate that classic “full fat” Coca-Cola taste sans sugar.
Check out this funny science video using soda and mentos: