Soda facts provided here might come in as some surprise to many. Nonetheless, these facts here are true and some of them are very disturbing while others are just fun facts. So, let us start with our list of weird soda facts and find out how much we need to learn!
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1. The first carbonated drink that was created artificially is pretty old. It was created back in 1767 and Joseph Priestley – a chemist from Sweden was the man behind it.
2. However, Joseph Priestley is not considered as ‘Father of Soda’. That title goes to Jacob Schweppe – a jeweler of German-Swiss origin. He took Joseph Priestley’s findings and came up with a practical process of carbonated mineral water manufacturing. He achieved this feat in late 18th century.
3. In early 19th century, things like Kola, Coca, Birch Bark, Lemon, Ginger and Dandelions were used as flavoring ingredients for Soda. Wondering where the Coca-Cola name comes from? It comes from the two ingredients – Kola and Coca.
4. The crow of “the first soft drink” has been rewarded to Ginger Ale. The reason is simple. It has been, for centuries, used in various medicinal drinks.
5. We know that soda is for drinking. However, that’s not the only use. Here is a quick list of other things that can be done with soda:
- Rust spots can be removed from car bumpers using soda.
- Rusted bolts can be loosened using soda.
- Clothes can be washed with soda for removing grease stains.
- Toilet bowl stains can be removed using soda.
- After accidents on highways and roads (which is very unfortunate), bloodstains can be easy removed using soda.
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6. If you happen to be a big fan of soda, consider this before you drink too much – phosphoric acid is pretty much abundant in many of the soda brands. This acid is known for increasing risks for:
- Tooth decay.
- Bone loss.
7. The original name of 7-Up – a popular soda – was, “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”. Did you know that until 1950s, 7-Up actually included a mood-stabilizing drug – lithium citrate? Yes, that was an ingredient!
8. A study was conducted on sodas acquired from fast food fountains. It turned out that 48% of all collected sodas contain antibiotic resistant Coliform Bacteria. This bacteria is resistant to 11 different types of antibiotics. The bacteria is associated with fecal matter.
9. Academy of General Dentistry said that the acid levels of battery and that of sodas are same. Such high acidity with high sugar content leads to erosion of tooth enamel even when teeth get minimal exposure to soda.
10. In several part of Canada and United States of America, soda is often referred to as ‘soda’, ‘pop’ or by a generic term – ‘coke’. Irish people call sodas a ‘minerals’ while Brits refer to soda as ‘fizzy drinks’.