Throughout my years as a trainer and fitness enthusiast I’ve experimented with many different foods, protein bars, powders and all sorts of crazy concoctions. An example of my madness – a tuna shake! Gross, but true.
Needless to say, my pallet has had many tastes and textures cross it’s path. So we’re starting a new strand on the Angry Trainer Fitness site, called Taste it or Waste It where I’ll take a look at a particular food and give you the low down on its nutritional value – or lack thereof.
Your diet is a huge part of achieving your fitness goals. With my tips, opinions and stats, you will gain new insight to what goes in your body.
So let’s get started:
Unless you live under a rock, you know about Coca Cola, the #1 selling carbonated beverage – sold in over 200 countries. Originally invented in the late 1800′s and sold as a medical elixir, it had coca plant leaves and cola nuts as the main ingredients, primarily for their nerve stimulant properties. The things they did in the old days huh?
Enter the prohibition era and Coke eventually replaced the now illegal ingredient with sugar. Feeling the pinch from Diet Pepsi’s share of the marketplace, Coca Cola released Diet Coke in 1982 and found its way to diet soda dominance. Check out the first Diet Coke commercial, below…
Too many diet drinks try to taste like their sugar laden counterparts and end up tasting artificial. Diet Coke is actually a totally different recipe than regular Coke, making its original flavor my favorite . It has less than 50mg of caffeine, 40 mg of sodium and of course it’s calorie free – the major plus in my book.
The most compelling reason to stay away from Diet Coke is bone density loss. The phosphoric acid it contains supposedly reduces bone density, especially in post menopausal women. And the aspartame used to sweeten it may possibly produce some serious health implications, everything from hearing impairment, bulging eyes, anxiety to abdominal pain and a whole other slew of ugly stuff.
Diet Coke is all about taste. It has no nutritional value at all. Plus, if you’re drinking diet soda, theoretically it’s replacing other fluids like water which most people already don’t drink enough of.
Honestly It drives nuts me when I hear people talk about Diet Coke or any other diet soda in a way that make them sound like a huge health issue plaguing our nation. Diet Soda is NOT America’s health problem. Diet Soda DOES NOT make you obese. There are far bigger dietary issues going on here than diet soda. I am sure that in ridiculous quantities it can cause some health issues, but you’d have to drink bucketfuls. And all these “studies” seem inconclusive. Yes, mice got cancer from ingesting aspartame, but they were given 1,000 times the amount a human being could ever possibly ingest. Feed mice a tube of toothpaste, they’ll die also. So, I say, if you like Diet Coke, drink it, but in moderation. A can a few times per week won’t hurt you. That’s my opinion.