The word ‘coca-cola’ comes from two of the ingredients in the original formulation — cocaine from the ‘coca’ leaf, and ‘cola’, caffeine from the kola nut. Today’s coke contains:
- Carbonated water
- Extract of the coca-leaf
- Phosphoric acid (E388)
- High fructose corn syrup and/or sugar and/or artificial sweeteners
- Sulfite ammonia caramel (E150d)
In a following series of blogposts, we will go into detail about each of these ingredients, all of which have adverse health effects.
We’ll also put in a mention of the glass, plastic or cans that the Coca-Cola products come in — and who picks up the tab for collecting them all.
[Featured image is by Lorena.]