Quote of the Day - A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
Brace yourself: class-action lawsuits against Coca-cola are apparently being drafted as you read this post. No, it's not the caffeine, the carbonation, the aspartame or even the food coloring.
It's the calories.
Yep, we used to blame McDonald's for making us fat, but it turns out we were wrong. It's those darn sugar-laden soft drinks, pop, tonic and soda, depending where you live (and don't forget to take the survey on that last link). You can be sure that Coke is not the only target of this latest round of finger-pointing. I don't know about you, but maybe it's time to point at our forks.
The problem is childhood obesity, and the availability of soft drinks to children in school. The attorney who's drafting those suits likens soft-drink dispensers to cigarette machines. Although they put Diet Coke into their vending machines, the argument in return will likely have something to do with low-tar/nicotine cigarettes.
In response to the pending lawsuits over the cause of childhood obesity due to the availability of vending machines that dispense high-calorie soft drinks, according the AP article linked above, the American Beverage Association counters and says the suits are "trying to paint a bull's-eye on a particular product and pass it off as a meaningful solution to a complicated problem."
I thought the solution was calories in, exercise out. Maybe we need long physical education classes and more sports in school, and less time in the courtroom.