Soft Drinks As Thirst Quencher?

I was a Quality Control Staff in a food company somewhere in Trece Martires City. As a QC staff, one of my responsibility is the delivery of goods at Nestle Quezon City. The delivery man should be in-charge of the job but a Quality Assurance staff was always needed during delivery operations. I needed to make sure that all goods will arrive at destination without quality degradation. The company was manufacturing frozen goods.

Delivery truck was our service when going to destination but I often went back on my own on commute. Jeepneys and buses as mean of transport. I could afford taxi and air-conditioned bus. Allowance was very limited. Traveling in Metro Manila during hot weather feels like hell (sorry Manileños).

I always felt very thirsty doing my job. My favorite thirst quencher was cola in can. A more expensive alternative to drinking water. Cola was not always my option. I also bought sweet juices on rare instances.

It seemed television commercials about colas are very persuasive. They are able to change our mind set. To drink colas when we are thirsty. What comes in your mind when you are thirsty? Is it cola or water?

If your answer is cola. Then, do you feel relief when drinking it? Can you still remember how long it last? Do you still feel relief after 15 minutes?

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Every time I drink cola and other sweet beverages during travel. I feel relief while drinking and a few minutes after. Then I become thirsty again after 15 minutes or less. That never happens when I drink water instead. The feeling of fulfillment often last for one to three hours.

Soft drinks are sweet. Sugar make it sweet. Sugar is a natural preservative. It is capable of holding water molecule and making it unavailable for microbial function. The more sugar, the lesser water available. The same thing might be true when we take soft drinks and other sweet beverages. The amount of free water molecule for body function is small. That is why I can feel only a short period of contentment with colas.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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