Dr Pepper vs. Coke [Inside the Label]

With a particular flavor you either love or you hate, Dr Pepper has been around for as long as Coca Cola. Actually, one year longer – since 1885. Although it never reached the heights of Coke’s success, Dr Pepper is a very popular soft drink, mostly in the US.

At 7 teaspoons of sugar per cup, though, it is nutritionally equivalent to all the other fizzy pops. Meaning – you get a 100 calorie liquid snack.

Looking at the ingredients list, Dr Pepper and Coke are almost identical.

Dr Pepper Ingredients:  Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Caffeine.

Coke: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine.

The difference between the two is the pepper, right? Actually, we’ll never know.

Both Coke and Dr Pepper’s flavoring are trade secrets hidden behind  “natural flavors” and “natural and artificial flavors” respectively.

Whenever a product needs to be strengthened with natural or artificial flavors, you should ask yourself why. In the case of soda pop, the answer is clear. Sugar and water alone are not enough to compel consumers. But what about all the other processed foods and drinks made with “real” fruit that still require added flavorings?

Moving on to other ingredients – Both Coke and Dr Pepper contain high fructose syrup as the sweetener, caramel color, caffeine, and phosphoric acid. Dr Pepper adds sodium benzoate to boot.

You definitely don’t want your kids having too much of any of these ingredients on a daily basis, if at all.

What to do at the supermarket:

Make a habit of skipping the beverage aisle. Soft drinks should be treated as a once-in-a-while treat, not a daily must have.

  • http://www.betterschoolfood.org Dr. Susan Rubin

    If we could just get people to understand that refined sugar is an anti-nutrient. And its addictive to boot!

    Should be a warning label on this product.

    This beverage is hazardous to your health. This beverage has been shown to cause tooth decay, decrease bone density, raise trigylceride levels.

    Of course, I could go on and on!
    Perhaps we should make our own labels to slap on products like this. I won’t hold my breath for the government to do it.

    • Matthew

      So is about 90% of human activity on the planet….Good luck with that…

  • http://www.lovehealthyliving.net Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

    “But what should we drink if we can’t drink soda?” asks America. Water!!!

  • Jason

    How about unsweetened tea (ones without preservatives, added colors/flavors, etc.) for extra anti-oxidants? Green tea is the best. Black coffee and water are other good options. Fat-free milk?

    I know, going without sugar is just too much to bear for most people. But, the more you adjust to it, the less you want sweetened drinks.

    • Jojo Mercado Angeles Lopez

      yes i drink green tea and Oolong tea they had anti oxidant Coffee has also anti oxidant if you first brew first dripped of it but if you let it sit for a while in a pot the anti oxidant is gone already and you are drinking to much caffeine instead

  • Juan

    ur gayyyyyy

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronnie.sweatt.9 Ronnie Sweatt

    I’m going to die drinking Dr. Pepper.
    Ronnie Sweatt, ronnie.d.sweatt@prodigy.net.mx

  • John Paul

    I had to stop drinking COKE for over a year until I figured out what was causing a health issue i developed, and when i, sort of, figured it out, I tried to drink another COKE but it just did not taste as good as before, sometimes the taste is there and other times it is not because either the date on the bottle is not good or it just was not made correctly by the company, and i was still getting a little of that side affect, so while i was away from coke, I found Dr Pepper, here in the Philippines, and drank it and the side affects I was getting from coke i was not getting from Dr pepper and plus it taste a whole lot better…Cherry Dr Pepper is also awesome.

    To enjoy drinking Dr Pepper, at an older age, keep getting the rightful vitamins your body needs such as Super B-Complex, from Nature Made or Kirkland, that you can buy at a Costco, or even Amway brand if you have a network, and also Vitamin D at about 2,000 to 4,000 IUs a day.

    Read up on B-Complex and Vitamin D along with Calcium and understand how they work for those of us who are older than 30 and the chances are you will keep your body in shape and still have those few opportunities to drink Dr Pepper.