Here’s the last installment of the Why Your Last Diet Failed You Book Tour. It was so much fun having Charlie stop by and I appreciate his help in answering your wonderful questions. I hope you had as much fun as I have during his visit. Let’s answer the last question…
I watched your video today with the discussion about water instead of diet soda. How do you feel about water with an added diet flavor packet, like Crystal Light, for example? Is that any better than diet soda? My biggest complaint about water is that is has no flavor, which is vaguely unpleasant…
Well, if it were completely up to me, I’d say, "Drink all the diet soda you want!" Diet soda is my one and only vice. (Everyone’s allowed just one, right?) I can think of worse things.
But let’s break it down. On the one hand, diet soda is 99% water. For that reason, I always drink 99% of the can and throw the rest out. Problem solved. But for those of you who do drink the entire can, what are the risks? First, there’s the artificial sweeteners. The jury’s still out on those, but I’m pretty sure, on the whole, we’re taking in way too much of that stuff. Then there’s the caffeine, most likely. Also sodium. Also acid. And last, but not least, the mysterious "natural flavors." (I can think of a lot of natural flavors I don’t want anywhere near my mouth.)
But your question was about flavor packets. Are they any better? Well, let’s just look at the list of ingredients:
- Diet Coke: caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.
- Crystal Light: citric acid, potassium and sodium citrate, aspartame, magnesium oxide, natural flavors, lemon juice solids, acesulfame potassium, artificial color, yellow 5 lake, BHA.
I’m no chemist, but those lists look essentially the same to me. Just buy caffeine-free Diet Coke and now the only difference is lemon solids and nose-tickling bubbles.
I’m afraid in this situation, I’m just going to have to recommend two cases of Açaí juice. I have several boxes in my trunk now … hang on a minute. Roni?
Charlie, you crack me up! And your "only" vice… Hmmmm I can list at least 3-4 of my own so I find that hard to believe. Aren’t you always talking about burgers? :~P Here’s my take on on anything to drink that’s NOT water.
It’s a treat.
Diet or not. Alcohol or not. Water, in my opinion, is the only drink we need. When I hear people complain that’s it flavorless or taste bad I just think of all the aquired coffee, beer and scotch drinkers of the world. Even smokers? I know smoking is’t the same as drinking but think about it. How many people really like these things the first time the try it? Whether it is peer pressure, society, image, whatever they take up the habit and then their tastes begin to change. They teach themselves to like it. I’m convinced the same thing can happen with water.
I like that! Getting people to start drinking water using peer pressure. "C’mon, Cathy, everybody’s doing it!"
Ha Ha Charlie… Seriously, you just need to start to drink it. You have to WANT to drink it.
Or WANT to fit in with the cool kids. Either way works for me.
Glad that works for you Charlie. lol Even though you may not like it at first. After a few weeks your tastes will begin to change and your body will start craving it. That’s what happened to me and now I don’t even blink when the waitress asks me what I want to drink. "Water" is all I ever say. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy other beverages but if I had to guess, I’d say at least 80% of what I drink is water. Just think of all the calories and money I’m saving!
So to answer your question, I don’t think Crystal Light is any better then diet soda. I do think there are a few lesser evils out there but when push comes to shove I’d like to see everyone take up a water habit. However, it’s a choice and I agree with Charlie.
Yes. As in I can think of worse things you could be doing to your body. If you want to drink diet soda, drink it, the world will not end and you won’t keel over an die. I just hope I can inspire you to give water a chance.
Try Roni’s Weigh. :) In the immortal words of John Lennon: All we are saying, is give water a chance.