Friday, September 20, 2013

People's Diet Coke obsessions are a little disturbing

When I work a lunch shift at my bar, pretty much the majority of what I do is fill up glasses with diet cola.  By my estimation, I'd say about 50% of people on business lunches order Diet Coke (although we have a cheap generic version).  It's far more popular than any other beverage (iced tea is a distant second), and easily outsells regular cola by at least a 10-1 margin.  It's funny to me how scared we've all become of sugar these days.

Now I'm not suggesting regular soda isn't unhealthy, I'm just saying I don't believe that the "diet" version is the answer.  When I was a child I didn't drink much soda, but on the rare occasions that I did I wasn't allowed to have diet because it had "chemicals" in it that were "bad for me."  Have those all magically gone away now that sugar has become public enemy #1?  I'm sure there are parents out there today going with the exact reverse philosophy regarding soda that mine did 25 years ago.


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