Coca-Cola was invented by the pharmacist John Pemerton in 1886. John considered the drink a medicinal tincture and thought it would help relieve stomach pains. This all makes sense, since the leaves of the coca bush, which was originally one of the ingredients in Coca Cola, contains cocaine (0.1% to 0.9%). Today Coca-Cola is produced without the use of cocaine.
Interestingly, Coca Cola still imports approximately 100 tons of coca bush leaves each year from a Peruvian firm called National Coca Co. Importing cocaine leaves into the United States requires approval from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
It takes 2 liters of water to produce one liter of Coca-Cola. The lack of clean water in India sparked a protest from farmers in 2004 against the Coca Cola Company and their water consumption mainly in third world countries. An interesting fact about Coca-Cola is that a few years earlier, Coca-Cola began a program called "Say No to H2O", which promoted the use of Coca-Cola instead of water. The main idea of the program was to offer Coca-Cola for free in restaurants where customers ordered plain drinking water.
What are the ingredients of Coca-Cola? The Coca Cola sticker reads: soda, cane sugar, caramel color, food acid (phosphoric acid 338), "flavor" and caffeine. However, there is also a secret ingredient in Coca-Cola called 'Item 7X' and a description of this ingredient is kept in a security vault at a bank in Atlanta, Georgia. Only a limited number of high-ranking officials know what constitutes this secret component. The question arises: what do we really drink?
What we know today is that Coca-Cola is a highly acidic beverage with a high amount of sugar that masks the acidic taste. The acid in Coca-Cola is called phosphoric acid, which is known to destroy organic matter. In fact, Coca-Cola makes the body prone to many diseases such as: osteoporosis (lack of calcium due to high phosphorous levels), cancer, mild depression, dental problems, and fatigue.