Oct 1, 2010

Facts about Coca Cola

Interesting info 
about our favorite drink : 
Coca Cola

What the bleep do we know about this revolutionary drink? Coca Cola has been formulated by doctor/pharmacist John Pemerton in 1886. John thought that this beverage was medicine and since it was prepared from Imogene Coca leaves it can remedy you from pain and exhaustion. This all makes good sense since coca leaves contain cocaine (from 0.1% to 0.9% depending on elevation where it is cultivated). Today Coca Cola is produced without cocaine. Interestingly, Coca Cola Company still imports around 100 tons of coca leaves each year from Peru firm called National Coca Co. In order to import coca leaves into United States you required to have exceptional permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

It takes 2 liters of water to produce one liter of Coca Cola. Lack of the clean water made Indian farmers to protest in 2004 against the Coca Cola Company and their water consumption in 3rd world nations. A fascinating Coca Cola fact is that some years earlier Coca Cola launched a program called "Just Say No to H2O" which involves circulating the idea to drink Coca Cola as an alternative of water. Primary idea of the program was to serve Coca Cola for free in restaurants where customers ordered plain drinking water.

It is the urban myth that Coca Cola was originally green. Coca Cola has all of the time been the similar brownish color. As much as we hate Coca Cola we can't resist drinking it. Why? The fact is that we are addicted to the soft beverages containing caffeine and larger amounts of sugar.

What are the ingredients of Coca-Cola? From the Coca Cola label: carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, food acid (phosphoric acid 338), "flavor" and caffeine. Yet, there is also a secret component in Coca Cola called 'Merchandise 7X' and description of this component is maintained in a security vault in Atlanta, Georgia. Only a couple of very high positioned officials know what is hidden behind this secret ingredient. The questions arises what do we actually drink?

What we recognize nowadays is that Coca Cola is very acidic beverage with a high amount of sugar that masks the acid taste. The acid in Coca Cola is called phosphoric acid which is notable to dissolve teeth, metal and it will eat away your liver. In reality Coca Cola won't kill you right away. It will make your body prone to a few other diseases like: osteoporosis (lack of calcium due high levels of phosphorous), cancer, mild depression, flu-like feelings, teeth problems, and fatigue.

Source: InterestingFacts.org

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