Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Re: Gluttony

As a response to past history of gluttony (exhibits 1 and 2), I've begun cutting calories...

I don't know the definitive long-term affects of diet soda consumption, but I've finally given everyone's zero-calorie friend a chance. Let me first say that I prefer Diet Coke to Coke Zero, even though they are probably the same but packaged in different colored cans. Even still, I have to add a packet or two of Splenda to minimize that awful, awful aftertaste. Okay, it's not that bad.

The thing is, you need a glass full of ice to make the aftertaste less noticeable. Drinks taste better - even if it is cheap beer, cheap booze, or antifreeze - when they're cold. How cold? Ice cold.

In my opinion, Caffeine-free Diet Coke actually tastes better than both caffeinated zero calorie, Aspartame-sweetened Coca Cola products. With a glass full of ice, which hasn't melted yet while I write this blog, Caffeine-free Diet Coke is my choice of diet cola. I didn't even have to put a packet or two of fake sugar this time. If you take into consideration that Caffeine-free Diet Coke has neither caffeine nor calories, it's pretty much like drinking water polluted with non-digestible chemicals. It's like fizzy dark brown water that hopefully won't give me diarrhea anytime soon...

With all of the above already stated, I would have to crown Sprite Zero as my personal choice of zero calorie Coca-Cola product, cola or otherwise. It actually tastes like Sprite and the bad aftertaste is minimal (even without adding a packet or two of fake sugar). Again, ice is necessary. I don't think a cold aluminum can will cut it. At all.

Now my new healthful way of life isn't just replacing bad sodas with even worse kinds of soda (albeit calorie-free). I've amped up on my consumption of digestive system Drain-O, i.e. fiber in the form of whole wheat. Now, I still dislike whole wheat bread. It's very abrasive to my system. But I do highly enjoy whole-wheat tortillas. Not abrasive so far, wheat tortillas make for great wraps.

So that's my rant.

Aspartame structure credit: Cacycle.

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