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Calories in Cola

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Based on Regular Cola, With Caffeine

Milk, Coffee, Tea or Cola Lover?

Throughout my life I've migrated to all of the above beverages - whether they involved snack time or meal time.

My mother was a stickler about milk when we were growing up and it was always standing proud in a clear glass beside our plates at meal time. And not the reduced fat version - rather the full-blown, full fatted stuff that held a slightly yellow hue to it at that point in history.

My brother preferred the evaporated milk which my mom used to prepare his formula at the time.

He would ferret it from the refrigerator when he thought that no one was watching when he was just a tot. I remember him doing that one day - and back then, the milk was delivered by a guy in a crisp white suit and it was a gallon jug that was crafted of glass; it had a thick wire hanger at the top so that it could be lifted. On this particular day, brother accidentally knocked that glass jug out of the refrigerator and glass and white liquid went everywhere.

My mother was a fanatic when it came to keeping a clean house. I suppose that we could have eaten off of the floor if we had wanted to; and when she saw all that milk and glass - her face looked rather red and petrified.

The milk containers migrated to the store - and now there were sold in large gallon-size waxed cardboard. Soon, the manufacturers were putting images of lost or missing people on the sides of the containers which made it really sad when drinking the milk.

As I grew older - and if one lives long enough, they will certainly do such, I migrated to soda - and not just any soda. I loved Dr. Pepper. And then all the kids at school started calling it prune juice and I was being mocked - so I switched to Pepsi and it was my favorite for years. Then I started liking Coca Cola (Coke).

When I reached mid-life, I switched to teas. I had every flavor and brew under the rainbow in my pantry - but discovered that they indeed had a shelf life. I had purchased the loose varieties by visiting a market that sold tea in bulk - so each flavor tended to cost less than a dollar.

The Migration to Coffee

And then I discovered coffee - and I'm still hooked on the stuff. I do limit myself to one per day - but at times will enjoy a cup late in the afternoon. As to the soda - I like them all - from rootbeer to orange, but these days I find myself loving Coke a lot.

I used to purchase the sugar substitute version with zero calories but the substitute started impacting my immune system and I was getting hives like nobody's business. I couldn't even pet an animal without breaking out - so I ditched the sugar substitutes. They do collect in the system - so buyer beware.

When I do drink soda - or any beverage that contains considerable calories, I limit myself to one eight ounce serving. Although it's delicious - I'd rather had real food rather than more soda.

On that note, let's review the caloric and nutritional values of cola by examining our data chart.

Calories, Nutrition in Cola

Energy, Vitamins, Minerals

Unit Measures 1 can 12 fluid ounces 1 bottle 16 fluid ounces 21 fluid ounces 32 fluid ounces

Ash

g
0.15
0.20
0.19
0.29

Caffeine

mg
29
39
39
58

Calcium, Ca

mg
7
10
10
14

Calories

kcal
136
182
180
267

Carbohydrate

g
35.18
46.94
46.46
69.02

Cholesterol

mg
0
0
0
0

Copper, Cu

mg
0.004
0.005
0.005
0.007

Monounsaturated Fat

g
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Polyunsaturated Fat

g
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Saturated Fat

g
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Fiber, total dietary

g
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Folate, DFE

mcg_DFE
0
0
0
0

Folate, food

mcg
0
0
0
0

Folate, total

mcg
0
0
0
0

Folic acid

mcg
0
0
0
0

Iron, Fe

mg
0.40
0.54
0.53
0.79

Magnesium, Mg

mg
0
0
0
0

Manganese, Mn

mg
0.007
0.010
0.010
0.014

Niacin

mg
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Pantothenic acid

mg
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Phosphorus, P

mg
37
49
49
72

Potassium, K

mg
7
10
10
14

Protein

g
0.26
0.34
0.34
0.51

Retinol

mcg
0
0
0
0

Riboflavin

mg
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Selenium, Se

mcg
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.7

Sodium, Na

mg
15
20
19
29

Sugars, total    (2)

g
33.01
44.04
43.59
64.76

Thiamin

mg
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Total Fat

g
0.07
0.10
0.10
0.14

Vitamin A, IU

IU
0
0
0
0

Vitamin A, RAE

mcg_RAE
0
0
0
0

Vitamin B-12

mcg
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Vitamin B-12, added

mcg
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Vitamin B-6

mg
0.000
0.000
0.000
0.000

Vitamin C

mg
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

mg
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Vitamin E, added

mg
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

mcg
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Water

g
332.34
443.42
438.91
652.04

Zinc, Zn

mg
0.07
0.10
0.10
0.14

 

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