I think I've probably had maybe three sips of coffee in my entire life, and two of those were definitely by accident. A friend of mine says she's never seen me look as offended as I did the day she mistakenly gave me her coffee instead of my hot chocolate and I got a big old mouthful of it before I realised.
But just because I can't stand coffee doesn't mean I don't love me some caffeine, and I like to get my daily dose in the way the good lord intended.
Via copious quantities of Diet Coke.
Actually, I don't drink that much, nowhere near as much as coffee drinkers seem to slam down on a daily basis. I usually have two cokes a day, which doesn't even have the same caffeine content of one cup of coffee, but I still get disapproving looks.
Why on earth do people get so upset with cola drinkers? I've seen some people regularly throw down five plus cups of coffee a day and no one says boo to them. And if a standard cup of joe has about 95mg of caffeine in it, they're consuming 475mg a day in comparison to my 80mg (average of 40 per coke). Surely logic would suggest I'm getting the better deal here.
Of course, there's the old "But it causes cancer" argument. It's a hard one to defend against, mainly because it's always been a completely unsubstantiated rumour. How are you supposed to defend against something that everyone completely believes, but no one can prove?
At least no one's proved it up until now.
According to this article [Link] scientists have found that the colouring used in cola drinks might be carcinogenic. The risk varies depending on which drink you're looking at. Coke was almost risk free, but Pepsi had a higher risk level.
Excellent! I'm glad to see science is doing its part to keep the Coke/Pepsi feud going strong.
No doubt all the cola nay-sayers out there will believe that this proves everything they've said all along, that cola beverages are deadly. But according to the article Coke tested with a negligible level of the ingredient in question. So doesn't that mean that, theoretically speaking, Coke is safe?
Personally, I'm not too worried and have absolutely no plans to quit any time soon. The soft drink companies love us and just want us to be happy, right? After all, they made sure to include phenylalanine, which is a synthetic endorphin, as one of their ingredients.
And any company that puts uppers in their drinks is okay by me.