Pot Luck

Diet Cola Goes Healthy

Zevia Natural Cola is the first of the new stevia-sweetened diet soft drinks I've tasted. There is also a Zevia diet root beer and a diet lemon-lime. No doubt you've heard of stevia, the newly approved natural sweetener that's 300 times sweeter than sugar, with no calories. Stevia isn't a chemical like aspartame, sucralose, and the rest. It comes from a plant that's also known as sweetleaf. The new sweetener takes some getting used to.

The flavor of Zevia Natural Cola is pretty good at first -- the problem is it won't go away. I had a glass of it ten minutes ago, and I still can't get the taste out of my mouth. I tried adding a squeeze of lime to the glass to increase the acid a little, but that didn't work. I tried sucking on a lime wedge. That didn't work either. I'm thinking the only way to get rid of the aftertaste of the diet soft drink is to eat a bag of potato chips.

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Robb Walsh
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