My first clue that the diet Coke the waitress set down in front of me might not be diet was the lack of a lemon wedge perched on the rim of the glass. I took a tentative sip, but I just wasn’t sure. Back in the saccharin days I could always tell diet from regular. These days it’s much harder . . . . but I’m okay with that! Instead I offered a sip to Pete, who is always really good at telling diet from regular. Even he was stumped this time, although his guess was that I had been served a regular Coke.
It’s times like these that I’m so glad to have found the DOC. Because posts from blogs and Facebook began to flash through my mind. Someone used ketone sticks to test soda for sugar. I didn’t have ketone sticks with me. Someone else tested soda on their meter. That I could do!!
The 474 on my meter told me the soda definitely was not diet. When I asked the waitress, she confirmed she had given me regular. (Either she forgot what I ordered or she had misheard me, I guess.) I was really glad I decided to test it out on my meter instead of assuming it was diet and slurping it down. And it was nice to be happy to see a 474 for once, even if it was just a confirmation that I needed to send my soda back!
(Upon reflection, I'm not sure if testing soda on a meter is actually okay for the meter. It might be a good idea to do a little research before doing it, in case it could be damaging to the meter.)