I love me some George Takei. Who wouldn’t? He’s witty, inspirational, and I’m pretty damn sure that unlike Shatner he’s still rocking his original hair. He’s everyone’s funny gay Uncle George who rules facebook with a fabulously witty fist.
But we have to call out bullshit where it lives. He has an enormous audience and he shared this video with the caption “Evils lurk in both regular and diet sodas, but this eye-opening video did steer me away from the sugary stuff.”
Hitler was evil. This is a beverage.
What you see occurring here is a simple reduction followed by possibly burning the sugar. This can happen with any liquid with sugar in it. Sauces made with a wine reduction look like this too, the main difference? We’re not used to seeing the water evaporated out of coca cola before it’s burnt.
If we want to start deeming all sweet drinks that are capable of forming a reduction “evil,” we’re going to have to go a lot further than Coca-Cola. We’ll have to take a swipe at sunshine in a bottle, orange juice:
So should you live on either of these? Probably not because calorie per calorie, not even orange juice (and definitely not Coca Cola) is nutritionally a great option all the time. The coke syrup might look “evil” after you boil it down, but so do a lot of things, including oh-so-healthy orange juice. As a treat within a balanced diet? Uncle George, coke isn’t evil.
It’s sweet and fabulous, like our favorite facebook uncle.