Newsflash: Could this be a guilt-free way to drink Coke?
Swapping sugar for stevia in new Coke Life could put Coca-Cola back on our mixers menu…
The good news: The new drink has a third less sugar and a third fewer calories (89 for a 330ml can, compared to the usual 139 calories)
Flavour-wise, Deputy Web Editor Alexia describes it as "like a lighter version of Diet Coke. It's alright!"
But the bad news? Coca-Cola Life still has more than four teaspoons of sugar in every can. Not ideal.
The new blend went on sale in Argentina and Chile last year, sweetened with local South American stevia leaf extract, and it’s just gone on sale in the UK.
Stevia – hailed by many nutritionists as a satisfying alternative to sugar - is already used in the company's Sprite and Glacéau Vitamin Water ranges.
Coca-Cola have signed the UK government's health responsibility deal, and committed to reducing the calories in its drinks by 5% by the end of 2014. Great - but as we're always keen to make clear at WH, it’s not all about the calories.
In fact, Coke Life has already come in for criticism for the reason that, well, it’s still high in sugar and low in nutrients. Compared to say, green juice. Although green juice doesn't taste quite so good over spiced rum...