Nothing can surprise people today who get used to a wide selection of products in supermarkets. However, despite a great variety of different beverages, Coca-Cola is still the most popular soft drink. And it’s despite all the stories about its danger and how people remove toilet rust rings using Cola. Is it really some battery acid and we drink it? Let’s find it out.
Dispelling myths on Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola contains citric acid and phosphorous acid. But these acids are also found in lemons, limes and many other foods. The concentration of acids in Cola is so small that it won’t erode your stomach. All those memes about Cola dissolving nails, coins, insects are also far from reality. Coca-Cola is sold in plastic or aluminum bottles and if all those myths were true, the beverage and its acids would dissolve the bottles in no time.
Drugs in Cola?
The story of Cola began in 1885 and then the beverage really contained the extract of cocaine leaves and kola nut. The company also used carbonated water. There were reasons for using these ingredients – originally, Coca-Cola intended as a medical tonic with stimulating effect.
In the 20th century, the company decided to change the ingredients and cocaine was never used again. By 1929, there were no bottles of Cola with the drug, so for 100 years Coca-Cola is sold without cocaine. But it contains another drug – caffeine.
By the way, the formula of the drink is a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. Only two people from the company know it.
Are you diagnosed with GERD? Forget about Cola!
Some people drink Cola for medical reasons to relieve acid reflux. An American doctor Anthony Starpoli says that any liquid helps to relieve reflux as you rinse esophageal tissues cleaning them. But Cola contains acids and caffeine and in combination with carboniazation, it increases the level of chlorohydric acid and causes a stress for the stomach.
What does it mean? Only one thing – our body is well-wired and the esophagus can endure up to 7 refluxes a day. But if you drink Cola, the barrier gets destroyed and the lining of the esophagus gets damaged.
Medical specialists do not recommend drinking soft drinks if you have GERD or heartburn. There is a popular belief that Cola helps to get rid of nausea but it is not scientifically proven.
Cola volcanoes are safe
It has been proved that Coca-Cola never killed anyone. And little Mikky – who supposedly died when he mixed Pop Rocks with Cola – is alive (the actor was not harmed).
In 2006, the world was shocked by another news about two killed kids who mixed Mentos with Cola. This information has never been confirmed for 12 years. YouTube is flooded with videos where amateur chemists experiment with these candies and Cola making volcanoes and geysers right at home. The effect is provided by tiny craters in the glaze. Mentos candy interacts with the chemistry of the carbonated Diet Coke, causing the carbon dioxide gas, or CO2, to suddenly come out of suspension in the liquid and make a break for freedom. Those who put the candies into their mouth and mix with Cola become foam-making machines. If they accidentally swallow this mix, well, they will surely suffer severe diarrhea. At least, they go many likes.
Coca-Cola causes obesity
Coca-Cola like any other sweet soft drink contains many calories. In America, they organized a campaign to ban Cola and other junk food from schools.
The Coca-Cola company decided to follow the trend and updated their assortment of products. They launched Diet Coke.
Anyway, no one makes you drink Cola and sit in front of TV for hours. But if you live a healthy lifestyle, there’s nothing wrong with drinking some Cola from time to time.