Ah, yes. Nature provides. Fruit is often referred to as nature’s candy. Fish are the bounty of the sea. Neither can compete, however, with nature’s true treat… Diet Coke? That’s right. According to “Jeopardy!” icon Ken Jennings, the sweet, sweet taste of aspartame-laden bubble water produced by Coca-Cola is one of nature’s great pleasures.
The joke is pretty straightforward. Diet Coke is quite possibly one of the most unnatural things humans have ever produced. Tasty? Sure. Natural is a bit of a stretch, though.
But if you want to get really annoying about it, Diet Coke exists in nature. And anything that exists in nature can accurately be referred to as natural. So Ken Jennings is technically right here. Is it really that deep? Probably not. But clever as he is, it wouldn’t be that surprising if he thought it through to this degree.
His hilarious tweet adds to a long line of Ken Jennings Twitter gold. The “Jeopardy!” legend has quite a large following of nearly half a million people, and they’re rarely disappointed. Jennings always finds a way to put a funny spin on the simplest of observations. To include his creative term for an afternoon soda.
So What Exactly Goes Into The ‘Jeopardy!’ Icon’s Afternoon Treat?
Maybe we’ve been a little hard on the diet cola. After all, it claims to use natural flavors. So perhaps the ingredients aren’t as horrifying as we’ve been led to believe.
“it’s the one and only Diet Coke®,” the Coca-Cola website claims. “it’s your everyday hero. your deliciously fizzy go-to companion. it might have a brand new look, but it’s the same Diet Coke® you know and love. oh yeah, and it’s incredibly refreshing. always.”
Sold. That sounds like a delightful afternoon treat. But what makes it so refreshing?
“CARBONATED WATER, CARAMEL COLOR, ASPARTAME, PHOSPHORIC ACID, POTASSIUM BENZOATE (TO PROTECT TASTE), NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, CAFFEINE,” the website writes. “PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE.”
They list the ingredients in all caps too. As if it’s going to help you pronounce them. In all honesty, though, it doesn’t look that scary. Okay, the artificial sweetener is less than natural. But otherwise, it doesn’t seem very unreasonable for an occasional afternoon pick-me-up.