September 08, 2005

In the spirit of scientific inquiry...

As you may remember, when ideas occur to me I become very bad at not trying them. Last night my upstairs neighbors, upon hearing that I'm sick, pressed me to take a few packets of Emergen-C, their cold remedy of choice.

I am here today to tell you that a fizzy mineral supplement drink in generic Tropical Flavor is every bit as unpleasant as one would expect, if indeed not more so.

Posted by dianna at September 8, 2005 09:32 AM

Glad to know. I got a bunch of packets of that from an old lady on the first floor whom I helped to move out. My understanding it that it's something like 1000 times your RDA of Vitamin C in a packet. I'm lead to understand that this is pointless, as once you exceed a certain fairly small amount of Vitamin C, your body just ignores the rest and passes it out of your system. So now I know that it's not only largely a placebo, it's an unpleasant one at that.

Posted by: Zach S. at September 8, 2005 10:40 AM

On the other hand, we're taught at a young age that gross and good for us go hand in hand. So maybe the disgustingness is deliberate; maybe we're meant to assume from the taste that it's really, really, REALLY good for us and the strength of that belief will make us placebo ourselves back to health.

Posted by: Dianna at September 8, 2005 11:27 AM

I think the rasberry flavor is actually sort of good.

Posted by: sean at September 8, 2005 11:59 AM

I think when I tried the raspberry one I was expecting it to taste pretty much exactly like an Odwalla Strawberry C Monster, which was a standard that it didn't quite meet. It was definitely better than the tropical flavor, though.

Posted by: Dianna at September 8, 2005 02:44 PM

I adore the tangerine. The lemon-lime, however, has a flavor which I imagine is shared by the Grade D cut-rate generic Gatorade that we probably put in the food packets that we parachute down into countries we're bombing.

The orange is good if you mix it with Grand Marnier, but I realize this may be completely missing the point of something you take when you're sick and want to get better.

Why are you sick?

Posted by: katie at September 8, 2005 03:10 PM

Because God is punishing me. I'll get back to you when I figure out for what. Alternately, I may decide that I haven't yet done anything to warrant it, and damn well go out and do something.

I think you're on to something with the Grand Marnier. I was wandering around the house yesterday clutching a sippy bottle of hot water with lemon juice and thinking it would be much tastier if I had some rum to add to it. Then I thought I remembered that a proper hot toddy would have whiskey, and that there was a half-bottle of Maker's Mark in the kitchen, and I forced myself to go and fsck my computer instead of getting boozy.

Posted by: Dianna at September 8, 2005 03:45 PM