T 036 Saudi Arabia left a taste in me

Tee Diet Coke

Diet Coke (called Coca-Cola Light in some countries) is a sugar-free soft drink produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company. It contains artificial sweeteners. Unveiled on July 8, 1982[1] and introduced in the United States on August 9,[2] it was the first new brand since 1886 to use the Coca-Cola trademark. The product quickly overtook the company’s existing diet cola, Tab, in sales, according to Wikipedia.

When I was younger, I used to drink regular Coke. Then I ended up in Saudi Arabian military base in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm. My boss was in charge of ordering “comfort items” which includes our ration of soft drinks. The man from Tennessee drank only Diet Coke, so guess what I started doing in 1991? Yep, drinking Diet Coke. In time, I was happy with that change. The calories went from 140 to zero per can. I was 30 at the time. So rough calculation, I drank Diet Coke for about eight years. Then when I switched to Diet Coke, I have drunken it since until MAY 2017 when I had to put the bottle down due to weight-loss surgery. Now I drink it sparingly. I used to joke that I would take Diet Coke intravenously if I could during my heaving drinking period which included most of those 25 years.   I do not like the taste of Coke Zero but will drink if given no other options.

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