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!
Soda Facts: 1-5
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’.
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11. “Sodium” is the term from where the word “Soda” has been derived. In case you didn’t know, natural spring water contain Sodium.
12. World’s most distributed product ever is none other than Coca-Cola. If every single drop of this drink that has ever been produced was put into bottles measuring 8 ounces each, the number of bottles that would be filled could, if placed end to end, go all the way to surface of moon from earth’s surface and back to earth for a stunning 2,000 times!
13. Of all the aluminum that United States manufactures, Coca-Cola uses 17.4% of that for manufacturing its cans in every single year. In sheer numbers, that’s 300,000 tons of aluminum used by Coca-Cola each year. Even more surprising, that much amount of aluminum is used for doing business only within US. Rest of the world has not been counted.
14. The amount of calories you intake by drinking a single 20-ounce soda can can be burned completely only if you walk for 5 miles or you run for 50 minutes.
15. Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study in 2013 and found that of 25,000 deaths (related to obesity) in United States caused by cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are actually linked to soda!
Soda Facts: 16-20
16. For American diet, soda remains the soda remains added sugar’s largest source. The amount of sugar that all Americans together consume indirectly by consuming Coca-Cola is a whopping 1.7 million tons. That means, each American consumes, on an average, 10.8 pounds of sugar in a single year simply by consuming Coca-Cola.
17. Most of famous soda drinks of 21st century found pharmacies as their breeding ground in late 19th and throughout 20th century. During those days, pharmacies used to market soda as a wonder drink – a cure-all drink capable of curbing nervousness, opium addiction, alcoholism, scurvy, stomach pain, impotence and more!
18. Drinking soda daily can make you age faster. One soda a day is enough to speed up aging process at the rate of 4.6 years!
19. Soda is directly related to weight gain. A study was conducted in 2010 where it was found that those drank soda (diet and non-diet variants) had more waist fat compared to those who didn’t drink soda at all.
20. Pepsi once started its marketing campaign where a slogan – “Come alive with Pepsi” was used. Chinese people however translated it into this: “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.”
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