Coca-Cola ingredients: Caffeine

The name Coca-Cola comes from two psychoactive drugs in their early formulation, coca meaning cocaine and caffeine from the kola-nut. An earlier blogpost was about Coca-Cola’s relationship with cocaine. In this blogpost, we explore the ‘cola’ element of their...
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Coca-Cola ingredients: Phosphoric acid (E388)

Phosphoric acid (E388) is added to Coca-Cola to give it its tangy, slightly tart taste, counteracting the cloying sweetness of sugars or artificial sweeteners. It also has mild anti-microbial properties. There is some evidence that its consumption, more than...
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Coca-Cola and the production of cocaine

There is a long association between Coca-Cola and the production of cocaine. The company stopped putting cocaine into their products some hundred years ago; it now contains ‘extract’ from the coca-leaf, referred to inside the company as ‘Merchandise #5’...
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Coca-Cola ingredient: Carbonated water

All Coca-Cola drinks are mostly water by volume, the heaviest as well as the bulkiest part of their products. Coca-Cola licenses other organisations across the world to dilute their formulated syrups, and to package their products. In 2012, the...
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Big Food, Big Soda . . . and Birmingham?

No doubt encouraged by the sponsorship deals struck for the London Olympics, Coca-Cola is now paying for activities in Birmingham parks — with the blessing of the City Council who now include Birmingham Public Health. Should we be concerned?
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