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When Coke is Good for You

  • Jul 6, 2011
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It's important to remember that with any kind of pop (or soda, whatever you call it), you're not getting a damn thing out of it except a nice, sugary taste with a little bit of fizz. There's nothing worthwhile in terms of health to get out of any kind of soft drinks.

Two things: First, I mostly phased pop out of my diet a couple of years ago because I was concerned about my health and drinking way too much of it. Second, even though the minor-league baseball field in my hometown of Buffalo, New York, is called Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo is very firm Pepsi territory.

I used to be a Pepsi guy, but maybe my taste buds changed - or maybe my pop fast took a toll - but it's hard for me to accept the sickly-sweet taste of Pepsi anymore, and I've switched to Dr. Pepper. Coke is my secondary drink now. It has a taste similar to Pepsi, but with about half the sugar.

The average 20-ounce bottle contains 240 calories, and it claims to have absolutely no fat whatsoever. Everyone already knows this is misleading, because the fat is in the sugar here. Drinking too much of this stuff is extremely bad for you, which, again, is part of the reason I gave it up. The are 65 grams of sugared carbs in every 20-ounce bottle.

Coca-Cola is like pretty much every other kind of pop ever invented, in that it has the taste of syrup with extra sugar with carbonation. It has the consistency of watered-down syrup. It's sticky. The carbonation is one of the selling points, but carbonation tends to be a little bit painful to your throat. You don't want to be downing an entire bottle - no matter what size - in a single gulp.

There's really nothing more to describe than that. Watered-down extra-sugared maple syrup which will one day kill you if you drink too much. It could explain a lot that one of the ingredients is corn syrup.

Oh yes, there's 57 milligrams of caffeine in Coca-Cola for every 20-ounce bottle. That isn't quite Red Bull, but it ain't nuthin, either. One of the really good aspects of pop is that it serves as liquid fuel for a late-night cram session. It doesn't have quite the caffeine content of coffee, though, but it's certainly nice that you don't have to wait for Coca-Cola to cool down before you gently sip it.

Then again, I refer you to the carbonation, which serves as a substitute for high temperature in that it keeps you from drinking too much at the same time.

Coca-Cola was invented and advertised as a cure-all in the late 19th century. It was served as a patent medicine by inventor John Pemberton, who claimed it cured morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headaches, and impotence. It seems silly now, but remember, in another century our own modern cures are going to be laughed at and called stupid. At one time, cutting open someone's forehead to ward out the evil spirits was considered the height of medical technology, and to the people who practiced it, it was so modern that no one could conceive of it being outdated.

I try to avoid pop as much as I can these days, but when you're facing 80 degrees with the humidity pushing the thermostat well over 100, there's little honestly as refreshing as a nice chilly bottle of Coca-Cola.

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Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in the stores, restaurants, and vending machines of more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke (a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States since March 27, 1944). Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.

The company produces concentrate, which is then sold to licensed Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the world. The bottlers, who hold territorially exclusive contracts with the company, produce finished product in cans and bottles from the concentrate in combination with filtered water and sweeteners. The bottlers then sell, distribute and merchandise Coca-Cola to retail stores and vending machines. Such bottlers include Coca-Cola Enterprises, which is the largest single Coca-Cola bottler in North America and western Europe. The Coca-Cola Company also sells concentrate for soda fountains to major restaurants and food service distributors.

The Coca-Cola Company has, on occasion, introduced other cola drinks under the Coke brand name. The most common of these is Diet Coke, with others including Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola, Diet Coke Caffeine-Free, Coca-Cola Cherry, Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Vanilla, and ...

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Flavor(s): Diet, Regular, Cherry
Vendor: Coca-Cola
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