Fill in the blank: Coca-Cola settles your ______________.
Say it together everybody: “STOMACH!”
According to whom? Well everyone’s grandmother of course!
But is it true? (No offense, grandma!)
It’s amazing how powerful the messages we have inherited about what’s “good for us” are. We read about the dangers of soda, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, but we still keep ordering cokes in this country like they’re going out of style. And deep down, many of us, when we’re sick, will actually reach back into the deep part of our psyche and want a coke to “make us feel better.” And of course, if you’re a caffeine addict and coke or diet coke or coke zero is your beverage of choice, well then you probably o feel worse when you’re not getting your regular injection of your drug of choice!
Whether you’re ready to question “age old wisdom” yet or not, here’s something to consider before you walk up to that soda fountain next time.
Fill in the blank: Coca-Cola weakens your ________________.
Answer: “Bone density.” That’s right. That coke you just drank is weakening your bones.
I like to imagine those fizzy bubbles, which grandma thought were so good for my stomach, bubbling up like air bubbles inside my bones and making them just a bit more brittle each time I have a coke. It’s
not scientifically how it works, but it helps me remember that I like my bones and want them around a while. I’d much prefer a lifetime of strong bones than getting to belch after downing a soda.
“Hey Grandma! Guess what I just heard about Coca-Cola!”