Things That Are Better To Share That Is Not Coke

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Friendship is a beautiful thing. We lean on each other for support, for conversation, for pep talks, and for company. We’d sacrifice anything for our closest mates, and we’d do anything for those folks that feel like family to us. If our closest buds needed to borrow a top or forgot their lunch at work, we’d be there in a hot second to supply them with relief and the sheer wonder of our presence.

So, if friendship implies care and concern, and general awareness of the other’s well being, I would like to question this: why are we being led to believe that sharing a Coke with someone is something to be considered a kind and friendly gesture?

Yes, I understand that this is just a popular campaign, and yes I do understand that our friends don’t always “treat” us to the most healthful good times (hey there, happy hour, past “just because” cookies, and 21st birthday induction night).

But, being that this campaign has been around for quite some time now, and that our societies health status is far from ideal, I’d like to offer a couple alternatives to this idea of sharing a “coke” with a friend. Too much sugar or other unhealthy additives can contribute to a vast amount of health problems such as: diabetes, stomach upset, tooth decay, addictive feelings, and higher blood pressure. And, to be frank, I don’t think anyone would wish these conditions on their friends. I feel that there are plenty of things that we can give to our loved ones that are much better (and healthier) than a can of pure sugar (there’s 39 grams in just a 12oz serving, yikes!).

A Cup of Coffee

If you or your friend are over the age of 15 (I started at age 8, thanks Dad), you both can appreciate the wonders that caffeine can do. You have probably encountered that 2pm slump, that all-nighter hurdle, or that early-morning grind. Lets face it, work and motivation is powered by caffeine, and what’s better than having a friend treat you to that luxurious super-supplement? Better yet, grabbing a cup of coffee will also supply your friend with some healthy antioxidants, bowel relief, and peace of mind in addition to that caffeinated high. Isn’t that better than a sugary bottle of syrup? I think so. If they want sugar, scoop up a pumpkin spice latte (calling all “basics”).

A Water Bottle

Because. WE ALL NEED WATER. Given that our bodies are around 60% water, and that water is the one and only thing we absolutely NEED every single day of our lives, why wouldn’t this be the most perfect gift to a dear friend of ours? Easy, it is. We don’t NEED soda, high fructose corn syrup, or a can/bottle with our name on it. Water literally keeps us alive, while too much soda just puts us on track for a sugar rush. Friends helping friends stay alive and hydrated is a site everyone would like to see.

A Glass of Wine

If it’s liquid we want, but something to take the stress away, what’s better than a nice, all natural, calming glass of wine? If picked dry, wine carries very few carbs in a standard glass, and is filled with plenty of nutrients that have been found to be quite beneficial. Not to mention that wine is a GREAT way to wind down and cry about your stressful lives to your closest friends. Coke vs. wine? Easy.

A Hug

Sometimes, we just need a little physical interaction, a hug of love, an embrace of care, and that’s just what a friend can give to another. It’s free, it’s generous, and it’s calorie-free. Unless you are very picky about your personal bubble being invaded, who wouldn’t want a nice hug to feel appreciated?

A Shoulder to Cry On

Friends are also great because you can have someone to vent to. Just being there for your friend to dish out how annoying their significant other is being or how awful your coworkers are is sometimes more satisfying than having a luscious piece of cake after dinner, or an extravagant gift on your birthday. Handing me a bottle of Coke isn’t going to make the fact that I got tipped two dollars after two hours of work any better. Your presence and your ears are enough, thank you.

Seriously Anything Besides Soda

If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m not an advocate for this Coke campaign, as no one really should be. If you’re favorite treat to have once a month is a Coke beverage, by all means drink it, but I have a problem with the idea that “sharing” this problem with someone you care about is a good one. Yes, like I said before, it is just a slogan, and the idea that “sharing is caring” is still captured. But, matter of the fact is, we’re still buying these products, these incredibly unhealthy beverages that are far from healthy or beneficial. I still see them all over the place, and there’s a reason for it. They sell, and I wish it would stop. In my opinion, Coca Cola should slab these “Share a ___ with ____” slogans onto their water brands, but that’s just me.

 

MORAL OF MY RIDICULOUSLY LONG RAMBLE: cut down on the soda. It’s bad for you, and you know it.

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Rachel Jimenez

An Exercise Science major at USF with a love for dance, food, and sarcastic banter.
Oh, and she was gluten free before it was cool.

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