The Great Carbonation Debate
I’m taking a poll: On a daily basis, do you drink carbonated or uncarbonated beverages with your meals?
I grew up drinking pop (or soda) but have since made the switch to water only. On slight occasion, I’ll have a craving for a sip of coke but I have found that lately I can’t even tolerate a whole glass anymore. I made the switch to water using steps similar to the ones you’ll find in this guide.
To me, pop is like a drug. And here’s why:
1. It’s addictive; the more you drink it, the more you crave it.
2. It’s an expensive habit. If you add up how much you spend on pop per year versus the cost of FREE water (well, in America…) you might shock yourself.
3. It’s not good for you. From too much sugar to too much acid, the effects of most pops (and I understand not all) seem to add up to more bad than good.
Personally, I also feel like I’m filling my body with air rather than the nutrients from food. I tend to feel full much faster when in reality, my body isn’t full at all (and no, don’t take this as a dieting tip – it is absolutely the opposite).
Water also just seems like the better choice because it’s more natural. I can drink glass upon glass (which I do) and not feel guilty at all. Of course some water might be bad for you, depending on where it comes from and whether or not it contains dangerous levels of harmful minerals. But to my knowledge, I have yet to come across the bad stuff.
I am no professional but these are just some observations I’ve made from being on both sides of the carbonation debate at one point or another. Take them or leave them but I’m curious to know which side you’re on!
2/8/08 Update: I just saw this article in NYTimes about how cola can cause kidney problems: I told you pop was bad!