Sugar Coating

In our office, we have a fridge that management used to keep stocked with a variety of sugary and diet sodas, as part of a concerted effort to ensure employee satisfaction. Happy employees are productive employees, which is why we have a lot of creature comforts supplied to us. We are indeed very happy with this situation.

Recently, however, the sodas, both sugary and diet, have been replaced by fruit juice. The official reason is that some people were drinking too many, and thus getting too much sugar which is bad for you. Now some of us, including one employee who is diabetic, did not partake of the sugary drinks, but stuck to the diet drinks. We now have no choice – either drink the sugar, or get nothing. There is an element of discrimination here, but mostly i’m bothered by the logic.

Also, just to point out: one cup of cola has 152 calories. One cup of grape juice has 154. In both cases, the calories come from sugar. Yes, you’re getting additional vitamins from the fruit juice, but it’s certainly not going to help with any sort of sugar-related issue.

Naturally, I petitioned for diet drinks to be added to the fridge. One of the managers has approved, the other has taken the stance that diet drinks contain aspartame and are just as bad as the sugary ones. Need i point out yet again that there’s nothing wrong with aspartame? Drives me up the wall when i hear this kind of nonsense from otherwise intelligent people.

7 Responses to “Sugar Coating”

  1. That is absurd! They need to be fair across the board. Just because “they think aspartame is bad” doesnt mean it is. There have been so many studies done about aspartame and the results are there is nothing wrong with it. Otherwise the FDA wouldnt allow it to be on the market. I think you should fight that petition, stand up for what you believe in and fight your managers. GOOD LUCK!

  2. Juice is very bad for diabetics. I know from my mother. It’s loaded with sugar and doesn’t even have the satisfying qualities of whole fruit. If they’re worried about the sugar, they should stock up on diet only.

  3. yeah, the problem with that is they have scary ideas about diet drinks too, as if the American Diabetic Association hasn’t cleared artificial sweetners as safe!

  4. Sadly, the aspertame-is-bad crowd will dismiss any evidence that suggests it’s safe. They’ll claim it’s all a cover up or that NutraSweet bribed the FDA. Yeah right. It’s always a coverup.
    Recently I read an attack on the sweetner that justified it’s position with this gem:
    “DID YOU KNOW there’s a support group for Aspertame victims.”
    That’s nice. There’s support groups for people who think aliens snatched them too.

  5. Dean Richards Says:

    And Sodium Cyclamate? As far as I understand, it’s been banned in the states as a carcinogen, but still remains in many local diet sodas.

  6. Cyclamate was banned in the states nearly 40 years ago based on a study that has never been replicated despite numerous attempts. It has since been found safe by over 50 other countries. The ban is under appeal at the FDA, but understandably it’s harder to get something un-banned than it is to get it banned.

    Sometimes timeline gives you a lot of context that the anti-sweetener brigade prefer to leave out of their apocryphal tales. It’s a much nicer story if you are left to think that the ban was due to some startling evidence that the FDA came across that lesser countries have missed. The real story is less interesting, but more true.

  7. Dean Richards Says:

    Fair enough. But as far as I understand it, it’s been under appeal for the last 20 years or so. I can see it would probably be hard for the FDA to admit they were wrong, but 20 years is a lot of ego. Do you know of any substances that the FDA has unbanned and how long were those appeal processes?

    Granted, after doing some reading, it does seem as though Sodium Cyclamate is not necessarily considered a direct carcinogen, but there is still a lot of uncertainty over whether it aids the carcinogenic properties of other substances (I forget the technical term).

    And, on a different note, while scorn against FDA conspiracy theorists is probably valid, I see that Coca- cola brought out their new Sodium Cyclamate containing “Coke-light” product in Mexico a mere week after the substance was unbanned. At the very least, they must have had some powerful inside-information.

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