I am curious what everyone thinks of that typical "joke" that goes something like "Why do people order all that food and get a diet soda with it."
Whenever I hear this being said, I am intrigued. If the person is telling it to make fun of the person for thinking that the Diet Coke will offset the calories eaten in the food then yeah, I can see that making sense.
But usually this is not how the joke is meant. It is usually said by a borderline chubby person who likes to drink regular soda... as if to mock the person for drinking diet soda. I'll give you an example: I am eating a few slices of pizza as a cheat meal and washed it down with a Diet Coke. My friend, who is slightly chubby and does not know a thing about fitness or nutrition, drops the line. I wanted to jump down his throat for his ignorance.
So my question is: what is your response when you hear something like this? Clearly there is merit to encouraging the consumption of diet soda (at least over regular soda) as it does not contain sugar or empty calories... and typically this joke is told by those ignorant of dieting in the first place.
I almost want to list all the reasons why simple sugar is bad for you... but there are too many reasons to count, let alone remember.