Sunday, April 19, 2009

Caffeine-Free Diet Soda with Lots of Ice

That's my prescription to these increasingly hot days. While regular ice cold water is the ideal solution, one that won't have chemical consequences later in life, I like the effect of drinking fake sugar. Since cutting down my sugar intake in mid-2007, I've gotten used to the taste of the caffeine-free varieties of Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, and Diet Dr. Pepper, as well as Sprite Zero. That weird fake sugar aftertaste is virtually non-existent at ice cold temperatures, and subjectively to one who doesn't mind it.

The upsides to consuming caffeine-free, fake-sugar soda in large quantities are (1) no caffeine jitters and (2) no hyperglycemia. Unfortunately, we'll have to see what damage the other chemicals are currently doing to my body. Like many things in life, it's a balancing act. Or a crapshoot. I don't know which metaphor is better.

I might have to eat some of that light Yoplait-brand yogurt that decently mimics actual deserts. Yes, I realize that I'm acting like the middle-aged female demographic targeted by the producers of yogurt and diet soda. And I'm fine with that.

We live in a world with fake sugar and Willy Wonka-like yogurt dessert substitutes. This present-day future is beautiful, isn't it?

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