December 4, 2008

Diet Soda by Default
Nova Zagora, Bulgaria

I'll be the first to tell you that I enjoy a caffeinated, carbonated soda every now and again. A few days got past and I get the desire to drink something other than tap water or tea, and it's usually Coke Zero or some other inexpensive regional variety of anonymous pop that I turn to for a refreshing change.

One of the biggest bonuses about this part of Eastern Europe has been the sheer number of 'diet' (near zero calorie) soft drinks. In places like SE Asia and Latin America, diet soda can sometimes be very hard (or completely impossible) to come by. But here in Bulgaria, sugar is so expensive that most drinks are using a sugar-free alternative by default. You actually have to look hard in an aisle full of pop to find a regional soda that isn't what I'd consider a 'diet' (or 'light') soft drink.

Very refreshing indeed.

Comments:

Canada

jocelyne

February 3rd, 2009

I subscribe to your blog, wondering why I am getting December posting now in February??also please note diet drinks are probably one of the least healthy things you can put in your body better to drink water - the chemicals contained in diet soda including the artificial sweeteners will have long term
bad effects on your health -

Turkey

Craig | travelvice.com

February 3rd, 2009

That would be because I'm terribly behind on the travelogue… slowly catching up as time allows. Hopefully I'll close the gap within the next month or so…

Thanks for reading!

The United States

a

March 18th, 2010

Diet drinks are not more popular because sugar is more expensive. Jeez, where do you get these ideas? In Bulgaria you can find all Pepsi and Coca Cola products.

The United States

master chief

December 9th, 2010

I think @jocelyne is another one of those "high fructose corn syrup" is the devil kind of person. And @a, i think he got the idea from really being in bulgaria, unlike yourself just acting like you're from there.

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