Monday 14th November, 2005
So what did you have for lunch today? Anything exciting?

Personally, I had a plain chicken sandwich (no lettuce of course), half a tube of Bacon flavoured Pringles (yes, a full size tube) and a 500ml bottle of Coke...proper coke...Coca Cola...none of this diet rubbish that still happens to have Coke on the label.

What is it with diet drinks? Why can't they come up with a new name just to avoid confusion? I used to just be able to ask for a "coke"...just a coke, nothing more. Now I'm always greeted with the response "is that diet or regular?"...fat coke of course...I'm wasting away here. I'm actually reaching the belief that Diet Coke makes you fat, it's so rare you see anyone drinking it that's not overweight.

So I'd like a regular sized, regular coke with regular many times does one have to say regular? Amusingly I used to work on the McDonalds grills many moons ago...what did we call the burgers? Quarterpounder or....REGULAR! You've gotta laugh...but not as much as when you hear somebody order a double quarterpounder, large fries and a diet coke...of course that makes all the difference.

I did actually try diet drinks once, obviously not Diet Coke of course because it's minging but different kinds of diet lemonades like Diet renamed Sprite Z. What I found interestingly was that I was hungry all the time. Mid-afternoon I'd often have a can of coke, loads of calories from the sugar hitting my bloodstream hard. When switching to Diet this didn't happen of course, my digestive juices got all excited as my tongue tasted nice sugary drink coming but instead it got flavoured water with NutraSweet. The end result was that 30mins on I was starving and ended up eating a bag or crisps (chips to you yanks) to satisfy my hunger. Instead of just easily burned off sugar, these also contain fat and other ingredients that basically made me put on weight and also spoiled my dinner.

So I switched back to sugary drinks, less snacks between meals and ready for my regular meal.

UPDATE: I've just noticed that my Smokin' Bacon Pringles are suitable for Vegetarians. I guess that makes them Kosher too. Wow...they'll be diet pringles next...ah there already is...but they taste nothing like the real ones.

  1. 1) Chris Said: (14/11/2005 14:27:02 GMT) Gravatar Image

    I know you were probably being facetious about diet drinks/NutraSweet/aspartame making people fat, but there might be some truth in it... { Link }

    Personally, I think it's poison and should be avoided - { Link }

    Enjoy your sugar !!

  2. 2) Ben Rose Said: (14/11/2005 14:46:37 GMT) Gravatar Image

    Thanks Chris, very interesting.

    For our continental readers, I just verified that a can of "Coca Cola Light" weighs around 350g, precisely the same as a can of Coca Cola. More marketing rubbish.

    The only way to make Coke is to reduce gravity. Unless they mean light on flavour, which clearly Coca Cola Light is.

  3. 3) Jack Stevens Said: (17/11/2005 20:37:35 GMT) Gravatar Image

    Hi Ben,

    I stumbled across your site by accident but i'm glad i did, esp after reading your 'Lunch' topic, i don't want to preach to you, but i'm guessing with your love of sugary drinks you enjoy pizza, burgers etc.. on a regular basis your diet is not so good, so i've taken the liberty to include this.... sorry if it sounds like preaching but it would be a good time to change your love of sugary drinks full of preservatives etc.. as I'm sure you'd like to live to a ripe old age!

    Foods containing fat: what counts?

    Margarine, butter, other spreading fats and low fat spreads, cooking oils, oil-based salad dressings, mayonnaise, cream, fried foods including fried chips, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, pastries, cake, puddings, ice-cream, rich sauces and gravies are all in this food group because they contain fat.

    Foods containing sugar: what counts?

    Soft drinks (not diet drinks), sweets, jam and sugar, as well as foods such as cakes, puddings, biscuits, pastries and ice-cream.

    How much should you eat?

    Most people need to EAT LESS!

    It is essential to have a small amount of fat in the diet, but eat foods containing fat sparingly as they are high in energy. Look out for reduced fat or low fat alternatives (by law any food labelled as low fat must contain no more than 3g of fat per 100g). Fats can be divided into saturates, monounsaturates and polyunsaturates.

    Limit consumption of saturates, associated with animal products, cakes, biscuits and pastries, to reduce risk of heart disease. To cut down on saturates, make use of the information on nutrition panels on food products, cut off visible fat from meat and poultry, choose lower fat meat and dairy products, and where fat is needed in cooking use it sparingly.

    Choose fats and oils containing monounsaturates (e.g. olive and rapeseed oils) and polyunsaturates (e.g. sunflower, corn and rapeseed oils) instead of saturates. In moderation these are not associated with an increased risk of heart disease – but still use them sparingly. There are two types of essential fats, which must be supplied by the diet in small amounts: omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. found in oily fish, walnuts, omega-3 enriched eggs, and rapeseed and soya oil) and omega-6 fatty acids (e.g. found in vegetable oils such as sunflower, corn and soya oil and spreads made from these).

    Sugar adds flavour and sweetness to foods, but frequent consumption of sugar-containing foods and drinks is associated with an increased tendency towards tooth decay.

    Healthy eating tips

    * Eat small quantities of these foods

    * Choose low fat or reduced sugar foods where possible

    * Use spreads and oils sparingly – opt for vegetable fats and oils

    * Try to limit consumption of sugar-containing foods and drinks between meals

    * Try not to add fat to foods when cooking

  4. 4) Ben Rose Said: (18/11/2005 00:18:14 GMT) Gravatar Image


    Thanks for that. Having read your comments, I'm just off for some toasted crumpets dripping in butter and chocolate spread :O)

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