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11/17/2004: In defense of a maligned minority....

Pete Vonder Haar weighed in (pun intended) on the Monster Thickburger yesterday, and in the process made a comment I feel compelled to address:

I'm certainly not going to criticize Hardee's for seeing a niche and going for it. This isn't like sneaking beef broth into french fries or improperly storing meat...I mean, look at that damn thing. It's almost as big as your head. Nobody's going to finish a Thickburger and somehow think they've eaten something not likely to cause spontaneous arrhythmia.

Unless they're one of the inexplicable breed who thinks their "super-sized" Big Mac value meal is somehow made healthier by the inclusion of a Diet Coke. In which case, they'll probably be dead from something like sticking a knife into their toaster long before heart disease can kill them, anyway.
Actually, I fall into that class of "inexplicable breed" (or maybe more accurately, a subset thereof); I always order a Diet Coke with my Monster Thickburger or super-sized Big Mac combo. And that behavior is, for me, not inexplicable. And the explanation isn't that I'm an idiot, either (though my regular readers--both of you--might dispute that).

I'm diabetic.

Granted, a Monster Thickburger isn't exactly what I should have regularly, given that I'm allegedly using diet as well as exercise hahahahahahaha...*cough hack cough* and drugs to control my diabetes (and by the way, my last HbA1c test was excellent and my doctor is very well pleased with my diabetes control, thankyewverramuch). But I can snarf one say, every several months or longer without doing myself serious damage.

But drinking The Real Thing? That's going to spike my blood sugar. A lot. And keep it higher than it should be for much longer than it should be.

So I have a reason for that Diet Coke next to the Monument To Beef And Cheese. And it isn't that I think that the Diet Coke neutralizes the calories in the Big Mac.

Ok, then. (©SKB)

Len on 11.17.04 @ 10:35 AM CST

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