As my friends from college know, I was once a serious diet coke addict. I even drank the off brands...shasta, whatever was on sale at Fareway. I'm not proud, but if I needed to pull an all nighter to get a paper done, or because I worked midnight to 8am that one semester and then taught french from 8-8:30 (note the very very short transit time between jobs...yikes), and then had class all day with once a week an evening seminar that was supposed to end at 10pm but often ran until 11, the buses only running until 10:20pm...and the walk to my job being about an hour.
Anyway, drank lots of crappy sweetened carbonated beverages with known toxins like saccharine, aspartame, etc in them. I've stopped partly because of the costs. Even off-brand pop costs more than tapwater or tea (especially if one reuses the tea bags).
It looks like this has also helped my mental health. Sweetened beverages are linked with depression.
So, in addition to the direct cost of the pop, the disposal costs whether recycling or trashing the bottles/cans, and the expected healthcare costs of getting diabetes from sugar or cancer from aspartame, now we have to add in the costs of mental health care. WTF?
I do have the occasional sweetened beverage now, but it's almost always a stevia gingerale or an all natural gingerale and I rarely exceed 3 servings in a week. I don't know if I'm less depressed, but according to science, I have less chance of being depressed.
Now for a rant on the stupidity of some of our medical research conclusions in this country:
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