Bonus content didn’t get to on the show:
While I’m clearly not in perfect amazing health in all areas, and anecdote != data, I do give some credit to my beverage choices for good health in particular areas.
With regards to my excellent dental health, I give some credit to rarely drinking corn syrup and sugar water. With regards to my sleep health, I give some credit to not drinking caffeine or other energy beverages. With regards to the health of my bank account, I give about $2000/year worth of credit to not drinking coffee every single day, and almost never paying for a beverage from a restaurant. With regards to not having cancer (that I’m aware of, yet, ) I give some credit to not drinking alcohol.
For some reason I’ve just always associated beverages more with negative health outcomes than foods. When it comes to food it’s pretty much just meat and candy that are commonly associated with negative health in my mind.
It could also be because of the nature of potions, elixirs, tonics, etc. within the cultural narrative. Drinking things is associated with getting some immediate noticeable magical or biological effect. A lot of the things people drink do indeed produce such an effect. When it comes to food people think about maybe a sugar rush or a food coma, but that’s about it. Nobody’s like “Oh man, that bread really got me going! Energy bread!” Wizards don’t bake a bread of invisibility, it’s always a potion of invisibility. Food that do something are almost always just straight up poison, like the poison apple.
That’s not to say that food doesn’t have such impacts. It’s just that they aren’t part of the story we tell ourselves about food. Also the nature of the digestive system clearly plays a part. An active ingredient in a beverage will enter our bodies and start acting much more quickly and immediately than something trapped in a food that takes time to digest. Also we can drink a lot more of something than we can eat of something.
Anyone can drink a red bull and almost immediately feel more awake. Someone can drink two red bulls and get really wired. And this is repeatable. It’s just so clearly obvious to anyone that the drink had the effect. If bread was like red bull, the effect would be so delayed, would you know it was the bread? Could you eat enough bread to generate a big enough effect?
I often wonder how much of how I feel at any given time, physically or emotionally, is a result of whatever food I’m currently digesting. I’m just too lazy to make a complete food diary to reveal any patterns that may exist.
Lastly: We didn’t discuss how to drink things. If I’m drinking for flavor I like to drink slowly. A straw helps a lot. Great for milkshakes. When it comes to drinking for hydration, I drink fast. I’ll pick up a water bottle, and then it’s empty before I put it down. I actually notice at parties a lot of people leave cups around that still have drink in them. The only cup I ever put down is an empty one. This bothers me a bit because it creates a spill hazard. Also people often never pick those drinks back up and finish them, which is wasteful.