Imagine - desert, hot sun, sand. A lone traveler, thirsty, barely moves his feet. And suddenly a bottle in front of him, he lifts it, with a hiss opens the lid and sees inside a cool, bubbling liquid of black color ... "How is it? And you can drink it?" - in dismay asks the suffering. And here is the voice-over: "Image is nothing, thirst is everything!" Our traveler, waving his hand, drops his dried lips to the neck of the bottle and, throwing back his head, drinks greedily.
And we see on the bottle a label that says "Coca-Cola." Here is a topic for conversation. Can I drink it? What make coca cola?
Where and from what make Coca-Cola?
You know, with this drink is not so simple. The recipe for its production is shrouded in secrecy. The story of the creation of Coca-Cola is a no less confusing question. Or maybe everything is kept secret intentionally, so that the company's image rises, and we still have to thirst? Including the thirst for disclosing these secrets. To understand what makes Coca-Cola, and whether it brings harm to our body, you need to delve into the story a little.
Where do Coca-Cola: a tour of history
So about the story. Some sources claim that the case was just at the end of the American Civil War, when the losing South licked their wounds, namely in May 1886. Already then campaigns were carried out to combat alcoholism, and alcohol was imported from Europe under the guise of medicinal tinctures. In general, the scheme is old and proven. But the fighters for sober lifestyle were pressing, and the pharmacists had to replace alcohol with ... cocaine. Yes, yes, it's hard to believe, but it is cocaine. This is simply explained: cocaine was not banned at that time and had free circulation.
Someone John Stith Pemberton in his research went even further. Wanting to please the activists, he decided to eliminate the alcohol from the French Wine Coca tonic drink and replace it with a stimulant derived from cola nuts, “come” to America along with slaves from Africa. In short, with the world on a thread - Pemberton Coca-Cola.
Of course, the taste of the drink, to which we are all so accustomed, was not achieved immediately, but these are nuances.
Other sources tell a not so romantic story, but let us briefly describe it, so to speak, for the sake of completeness and understanding of what Coca-Cola was made of. According to the chronology, the events described coincide with the same year of 1886. The same Mr. Pemberton, a respectable pharmacist, by the way, a former Confederate officer, once worked in his laboratory and invented an unusual dark brown liquid. Inviting his friend and part-time accountant Frank Robinson, Pemberton offered to taste the new drug.
According to the results of the tasting, the medicine was approved, and the prescription was strictly classified. But knowledgeable people say that there were three components:
- 5 parts of water;
- coca leaves - 2 parts;
- cola nut extract - 1 part.
And then the enterprising John Pemberton patented the drug as a medicine for nerves and began to sell in the pharmacy of Atlanta at five cents per glass. The whole year since the opening of production was unprofitable. In 1887, to somehow make ends meet, Pemberton sells 2/3 of his share to a man named Willie Venable. It was he who invented making Coke aerated.
At the same time, a faithful accountant Robinson creates a Coca-Cola logo with his calligraphic stroke. In 1888, Pemberton dies, and the enterprising Irishman Griggs Candler acquires the rights to his invention, paying $ 2,300 (then it was a fortune). And in 1902, the turnover of production of the Coca-Cola drink reaches 120 thousand dollars.
In 1919, the owner of the company changes again: a group of investors led by a talented banker Ernst Woodrufft buys it for $ 25 million. Since then a lot of Coca-Cola has flowed, and changes have been made to the recipe. Due to the announcement of cocaine as a drug, the leaves of the coca bush were replaced with leaves of the same plant extracted from cocaine. And the full composition of the drink was the most guarded trade secret on the planet.
Now the Coca-Cola company is over a hundred years old. The drink comes in 200 different countries of the world. Daily sales exceed 1 billion bottles. Here is a story.
How to make a Coke in the factory?
The secret recipe turned out to be an open secret. Considering the requirements of modern legislation on the mandatory informing of the consumer of food products regarding their contents, the Coca-Cola company, in order to avoid lawsuits, opened the formula for its drink. Now it can be read on each bottle.
The following happens at the Coca-Cola plant:
- from purified water (five grades of purification) and sugar brew syrup;
- concentrate is prepared: for this, sugar, caramel dye, phosphoric acid, flavorings, and caffeine are mixed;
- sugar syrup is combined with the concentrate and stirred;
- A blend of syrup with concentrate is pumped into a saturator (special container), filled with purified water and saturated with carbon dioxide;
- the finished drink is poured into jars, glass and plastic bottles of different sizes. Spill occurs on automated lines.
The effect of Coca-Cola on human health
In this part of the conversation we will give the word medicine. Let us trace the effect of the elements included in Coca-Cola on the body:
- the first 10 minutes, the excess sugar is digested into fat (the recommended daily intake is exceeded);
- after 20 minutes there is a sharp increase in blood sugar, as a result - insulin release;
- 40 minutes later, caffeine comes into play, causing a heartbeat and high blood pressure;
- after 45 minutes, the released dopamine stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain (as when exposed to a narcotic substance);
- an hour has passed - phosphoric acid combines with sugar and artificial sweeteners and provokes the excretion of calcium (this is a building material for bones);
- under the curtain come the consequences of an "overdose" of sugar - you feel nervousness and fatigue.
Here are described only the main processes in the internal organs under the influence of the contents of the bottle. And note that Coca-Cola also dissolves calcium, which means that excessive consumption of this drink contributes to the destruction of tooth enamel. That's what Coke does with teeth. Fearfully? Or is it still "scary" delicious?
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Well, to get an unequivocal answer, it would seem, to the simple question failed. Can I drink Coke or not? Everyone will have to decide on their own. Today you have learned enough about what and how Coca-Cola is made to make a decision. Of course, the truth is in the middle, because everything is useful in moderation, regardless of the image. And you can even harm the health of kefir, if you immediately drink it a whole bucket.
Good luck to all of you, eat properly and drink only healthy drinks!