So today Eriksgirl came in and said I want you to try something. Made me nervous at first that it would be some weird food. I quickly saw a blue six pack go into the fridge and I correctly assumed that was what she was talking about, and I also correctly assumed it was not Bud Light. She said that she picked up a Coke replacement, Zevia, at Sprouts and she wanted me to try it. I had just read how Pepsi was changing the sweetener in Diet Pepsi to help stop their shrinking demand. Pepsi swore you could not tell the difference although I never liked Diet Pepsi.
We were having lunch so Eriksgirl wanted me to try on right then. I poured it over ice so it would be cold, but still did not like it. In fact I could not discern much of a cola taste. My son on the other hand said “This tastes just like a Coke.” I came back later and tried again and I think my biggest problem is getting over the taste of the sweetener, Stevia. Eriksgirl agreed that is probably the case, and it does take a while to get used to. Eriksgirl also noted that she had gotten used to Stevia a while ago so the Zevia was fine for her and she liked it. I personally deemed Zevia as failure as a coke replacement because it would require me investing time and money into acquiring a taste for Stevia. More than that Zevia is significantly more expensive than Coke.
That brings us to why did Eriksgirl pick up Zevia for me? I do drink Coke every day, and that is obviously not a fantastic choice. Eriksgirl was looking for something healthy that could replace the Coke. It even says on the can vegan, kosher, and gluten free. That said I would hope a normal Coke is vegan and gluten free. 🙂 I told Eriksgirl it is not worth it and when our new diet get going I will just drop it. The Zevia as a healthy choice, for whatever reason, made me think of smoking. Then a guy dressed up as a cigarette to make you associate bad things with cigarettes. Maybe that is another idea for Eriksgirl, have someone dressed up as a Coke can beat me up so I associate bad things with Coke. (with knocked out teeth) See I told you the Coke was going to rot out your teeth. 🙂