Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, chemical sweeteners and government. And they're all far more harmful than pop.
Cigarettes and drugs, OK. The other three, I don't think so.
Okay. Let's do some comparisons.
First of all, let's crunch some numbers on the empty calories aspect. A twelve ounce Coke has 140 calories, a twelve ounce American lager such as Budweiser has 168 calories, a twelve ounce ale (for those who actually like beer) has 216 calories, a five ounce glass of wine has 100 calories and one ounce shots of whiskey or vodka have 69 calories. One and a half ounce liqueur based shooters have almost 155 calories! But let's look at quantities typically consumed too. Not to many Coke drinkers will sit down and have even three per evening. I certainly don't just because a fellow doesn't want another drink for awhile after a Coke. But it's not uncommon for men to down six to twelve beers in an evening. So how then do the calories compare? Why do you think they call it a beer belly as opposed to a Coke belly?
Secondly, alcohol is a mild toxin. Drink too much and it will kill you that day. Sugar, on the other hand, is not a toxin. In fact, your body metabolizes everything you eat down to sugar! The sugar in soft drinks is just empty calories, that's all.
With respect to the chemical compounds that serve as artificial sweeteners though, are you fully confident they're not carcinogens or slow toxins of some sort? I'm not. The jury is still out on that question as far as I'm concerned.
Sugar has been demonized since the late sixties by the helicopter parents who have found it convenient to use the TV as a babysitter as opposed to shooing their kids outside to play. Is it any wonder then that kids started to be diagnosed as hyperactive of all things in the very late sixties? Whoever heard of a hyperactive kid prior to those years? There weren't any because they were out running around all day. So these days the kids are sitting around in front of the TV and getting fat, and the parents resort to drugging them with Ritalin and lord knows what at the first sign of a pulse. This is called "progress". It is to scream.
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