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Recently, however, the sodas, both sugary and diet, have been replaced by fruit juice.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.