During the pesticide-in-your-drink fiasco, I was tempted to try the DS group's recently launched Catch Clear brand of flavoured water. The promos and packaging were not too shabby, so I thought it was worth spending one and a half times the amount I'd spend on a Coke.
And it was quite nice. Not worth 15 rupees, but still nice. It wasn't too fizzy - just the right amount of effervesence. The taste was a little like medicine, but the flavour made up for it. And the best part of them all: The calorie chart! It said: Zero Calories!! So here was my perfect drink- cold, fizzy, refreshing, no caffeine, and absolutely, zero, calories.
But after having lived in this world for over 20 years, I've become accustomed to the ways of this planet. I looked closer at the labelling, for the catch (which ironically is also the concerned drink's brand name). I found one word: Aspartame. Here's what this artificial sweetener can really do: Brain tumor, Multiple sclerosis, the works.
Ironically, my country had issued a warning against this about 8 years ago. I guess it's plain old mineral water for me from now on.