Jeez Louise it’s hard to win an argument with Padraig Harrington. Our general conversations are around food and nutrition because I worked as a food safety consultant for ten years.
So walking down the 18th fairway in Portrush today Podge says “I have a question for you. I wear a heart monitor all the time around my chest and it tells me the amount of calories I burn. I want to know why it is that since I changed from Diet Coke to regular Coke I burn more calories”.
Now I’m not a biologist but I have a PhD in Chemistry, and my wife is the formulations manager with Coca Cola so I thought I was on pretty solid ground here.
I explained If you drink a sugary drink it passes directly from your digestive system into the bloodstream and is available there and then to burn calories as energy. If you’re active the body will burn those sugary drink calories first because they’re handy.
No. Not washing with Podge.
It’s like turbo boost in Knight Rider. Diet Coke has no sugar, it has sweeteners so you’re not going to burn the same amount of calories.
Still no dice with Podge, “I have loads of energy in my body anyway, that’s not the reason” he said.
I’m taking this one to the head guy in Coke! Hit your shot!