Friday, August 10, 2012
What Would You Choose?
So let me do something a little different today and pose to you the problem I recently posed to my personal Facebook friends, and then I'll give you a bit more context:
You are in an all-day, closed door meeting. Bringing your own water bottle, for the purposes of this question, is not an option. The venue has provided a limited selection of drinks. Do you choose:
A) Regular pop in a can, with HFCS
B) Diet pop in a can, with aspartame
C) Water in a bottle, possibly leaching BPA and other contaminants
Here is the additional context: Occasionally, I have to go on site for a long meeting for a client These clients are typically very gracious and offer a selection of drinks, and the ones above are common. I do not expect my clients to be waiting at the door with a Pepsi Throwback, nor do I want to interrupt the meeting flow with a tedious discussion of why I want tap water in a glass or ceramic glass. I could bring my own water bottle, but I often forget. This is my own dumb fault, but I constrained the question so we wouldn't all get into a discussion of how to sneak a water bottle or a can of Throwback into my purse, or what BYOB does to the flow of the meeting.
A few months ago, I was in just such a situation. I didn't think to supply myself with a beverage of choice, and I was in a long meeting with a very gracious selection of beverages, each of which raised its own red flags:
Regular pop with HFCS? Well, I try to stay away from HFCS, and all I could think of is that the HFCS almost certainly is made with some if not all GMO corn with incredible pesticide and herbicide exposure.
Diet pop with aspartame? In this case, I know that I underwent a torturous few weeks several years ago getting myself off of aspartame because of possible health threats from it.
Water in a bottle? Some bottles can release BPA, potentially dioxin, and God knows what else, particularly when heated. I had no way of knowing if my bottle had been sitting in an overheated truck or not.
Dehydration was not an option for me that day, although I am pretty good at it. (Ask me sometime about the 12-hour travel day that included a layover in the Pittsburgh airport. I do NOT go to the ladies room in Pittsburgh. Sorry, Pittsburgh readers -- the rest of your area is quite pleasant.)
Basically, I think I concluded that anything I drank had a downside that day. So I wound up having a diet pop and then a bottle of water. (It was a long meeting.) Even after getting off the diet pop, I allow myself one per quarter, so I just counted this one as my "treat." The water I figured was the best choice beverage-wise, and that I would simply have to hope for the best with the container. The regular pop I dismissed because I just don't like the flavor after switching to all products made with natural sugar
However, I find it a little sad that, of the mainstream products available for hospitality, every one has a potential health consequence even BEFORE you factor in things like connections with obesity, etc.
So, sound off. What would you have picked?
Posted by Jennifer Lorenzetti at 9:11 AM