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just how bad is this stuff really?(9 posts)

just how bad is this stuff really?collinsc
May 29, 2002 5:06 PM
Long ago (well before cycling, or fitness for that matter, became an interest) I developed a nasty addiction to Mountain Dew. Cheaper than coffee, readily available, and has some weird chemicals in it that just seem to do the trick.

I'm not normally a fan of sticky sweet things, but this is one I have not been able to put down. Though consumption has lowered as of late, I still drink about 3 cans a day.

Yes, my dentist hates it, but that isnt the concern here. Just what is in this stuff and what sort of detrimental effects does it have on fitness?

Also, as I doubt I'll ever be able to really kick the caffeine habit (just love the stuff) what is a better, healthier place to get my stimulants?

thx.
"what is a better, healthier place to get my stimulants? "Ahimsa
May 29, 2002 5:13 PM
Try Simoni's dentist's office.

A. ("If your thing is gone and you wanna ride on; cocaine...")
Compared to what?Kerry
May 29, 2002 5:37 PM
Your body doesn't know where the glucose came from, nor does it know where the caffeine came from. Coffee with sugar in it behaves about the same. The Dew is probably hardest on your teeth, and sugar is essentially nutrient free, so you're getting some 450 calories per day of "empty nutrition" that could instead be coming from food that has other nutrient value (vitamins, protein, minerals, anti-oxidants, etc.) Plus, you don't "need" caffeine except that you have adapted to it and would have to wean yourself. You decide.
I had already figured that muchcollinsc
May 29, 2002 6:16 PM
I was already quite sure of its worthlessness as a food product. Im working on the weaning, but its basically the last nasty habit of mine I've yet to kick.

But besides being empty calories, is it detrimental in anyway?

I consume far less when I'm at home, but college hours keep me coming back. Two weeks and I'll be done, maybe I can get some sleep then instead of caffeine.
Don't do it.look271
May 29, 2002 7:42 PM
I'll agree with Kerry thart the sugar is empty calories; however, after quitting caffeine several years ago. I can tell you it aint worth it (losinng the caffeine.) I did it the "right" way and weaned myself so I didn't incur any headaches.While "free", I felt like s*(t. Now I'm a happy caffeinated coffee drinker, albeit LESS than before.
check this link outColnagoFE
May 30, 2002 8:09 AM
http://www.foreverworld.com/BVO.html
drink teascruffyduncan
May 30, 2002 3:42 AM
it has cafeine, but less, and has antioxidants and other beneficial qualities.

Of course I'm english, so I'm a huge fan.
Hurrah! nmmuncher
May 30, 2002 7:59 AM
brominated vegetable oil is nasty stuff (nm)ColnagoFE
May 30, 2002 7:39 AM