I’ve never kept it a secret that I think soda is a huge waste of space in a person’s body. There is very little redeeming quality in soda and I really believe that it’s addicting. There are studies that show that carbonated beverages reduce the oxygen capacity in your lungs, and I know how many people say they are addicted and there’s gotta be something going on there.
But, when my daughter asked me to pick up some Cactus Cooler Soda as a beverage option for her birthday party, I succumbed to peer pressure and said okay.
So, I go to the grocery store yesterday and start looking. I have no idea what I’m looking for. The soda aisle is huge and I really don’t remember the last time I went down it. I’m looking and looking for Cactus Cooler. I have no idea what I’m looking for.
I walk back and forth 3 times and still haven’t found it. I think to myself that maybe it’s a specialty thing and my regular grocery store doesn’t carry it. So, I pull out my phone and Google search for Cactus Cooler. Now that I see a picture, I head back down the aisle again. And, I finally found it.
(am I the only person around that had never heard of this?)
I put the carton of 12 cans in my cart, check out and head home.
When I get home, I decide to look at the ingredients in this product that all the kids are raving about.
So, I come to find that the drink has been made popular by the show Weeds. Ok, but I’m not sure how that then gets translated to the pre-teen set. Are these kids watching Weeds? Hello advertising targeted to kids?
I can’t believe I’m serving this drink to the kids who will be at our house this weekend. I’m seriously cringing. Not to mention the chips and other junk, although I’m not sure why that junk food doesn’t bother me as much as a can of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Should I not serve it because I think it’s disgusting?
Sigh. Does it make us lame that we only have milk and water to drink in our house? I’ll make lemonade if there’s a crowd over, and there are sports drinks for appropriate times, oh and coffee. I’m really glad that the few times my kids have tried soda they haven’t liked it.
So, non-soda drinking people – would you serve this? Soda drinkers – do you serve soda to kids? Why do I feel like I might as well be serving alcohol?
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I'm Carrie, a married mom of two in Southern CA. I made my health a priority a few years ago and am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I blog about running, food and my life and all of the ups and downs that all brings. Thanks for following my journey. Contact me: carrie [at] familyfitnessfood [dot] com