NIPISSING FIRST NATION – Bob Goulais is pleased to announce to the world that he has officially switched to Coca-Cola Zero, the newest product from the world’s leading beverage producer.
“A lot of time, sampling, and studying has gone into the decision to switch to Coca-Cola Zero,” said Goulais. “This decision was not made lightly. This is only my second switch in my lifetime.”
Goulais has been considering Zero since he first tasted it in November.
“I remember it instantly. I was thinking that this tastes amazing. It’s really cool and refreshing. It reminded me of my days as a kid,” said Goulais.
Goulais began to seriously contemplate making the switch from Diet Coke around Christmas, he said. However, Zero hadn’t been picked up by a lot of retailers at that time.
Even now, a few months later, its still not in all stores or vending machines. Goulais concedes that it will likely it will never be served in restaurants or commercial establishments.
“I just hope that it will increase in popularity and challenge the availability of Diet Coke.”
Most people rarely make the successful switch to another soft drink, especially a cola.
Goulais drank Coca-Cola for the first 27 years of his life. However, when he was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes he made an immediate switch to Diet Coke.
“When I found out I had diabetes there was absolutely no transition. I just stopped drinking regular Coke and began drinking Diet Coke. To me there was no difference. It was good!”
However, Goulais remembers drinking Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi as a youngster.
“My first thoughts were that aspartame was aweful. It was kinda like drinking Tab. Yuck.”
The taste of aspartame really offends people.
“The best thing about Coca Cola Zero is it minimizes the aspartame taste and tastes more like regular Coke,” he said.
Coke Zero is sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium (ace-k) and has zero calories. The only chemical difference between Coke Zero and Diet Coke is that Coke Zero has about half the aspartame but has more ace-k.
Goulais has been a Coca Cola fan and user his entire life. He was an early Coke crusader as a kid, walking the streets of Garden Village opposing New Coke and encouraging the local stores to sell only Coca Cola Classic.