Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Does Coca Cola Contain Alcohol?


A public radio program, THIS AMERICAN LIFE, has revealed what it claims is the secret flavoring formula in Coca Cola by studying a rare photograph by Coke inventor John Pemberton. According to this claimed secret recipe is alcohol, along with drops of nutmeg, orange oil, lemon oil, coriander, neroli. This mysterious formula was named "Merchandise 7X". However, it's not known whether alcohol or other ingredients have been completely removed from the modern version formula of Coca Cola. However, with any combination of caffeine and alcohol, both of which have some physical habit forming or addiction potential, it might be argued that part of the secret to the success of this product at one may lay in including substances that cause physical addiction or habit forming potentials.


Caffeine and alcohol addiction are two of the most stubborn physical addictions to kick. Caffeine withdrawal can lead to headaches, depression, and many other mood disorders. Alcohol withdrawal may also lead to anxiety, the shakes and a few other physical symptoms as well.


Coca Cola also uses a form of cocaine free coca leaf to this day in their products by a company in the U.S. who is the only licensed company in this country to process coca leaves. At one time, the old version of Coca Cola was marketed as a medicine by the original inventor back in 1886, containing a small amount of real cocaine, however changes in the formula to comply with evolving U.S. laws, etc. helped to evolve the recipe that is currently sold by the modern version of the Coca Cola company where cocaine is no longer present.


So the question remains, what's exactly in Coca Cola. Why is it so popular? Is it in the taste, or has Coca Cola groomed an audience to want their product because of some habit forming substances such as caffeine or even alcohol? Is Coca Cola really a fully nonalcoholic beverage or not? Trade secrets often hide many exact ingredients from the public where it's hard to know what you're really getting.

6 Comments:

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Scott Crawford said...

That would be really funny if it was exposed that Coca-cola uses alcohol in their formula. I somehow doubt it's true though.

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger OC said...

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At 1:14 PM, Blogger Nour said...

The ingredients used in all beverages manufactured by The Coca-Cola Company are listed on the product labels and many third parties have tried over time to crack the secret formula of Coca-Cola. The handwritten formula from the late 1800's published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 1979 and reprinted recently by other media outlets is not the secret formula for Coca-Cola. It is a picture of an old attempt to replicate Coca-Cola's original secret formula.

Coca-Cola products contain NO alcohol as verified by numerous international independent bodies, and governments around the world. The ingredients and manufacturing process used in the production of Coca-Cola are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities in more than 200 countries which have consistently recognized Coca-Cola beverages as non-alcoholic products. Coca-Cola is safe and meets the safety requirements, laws and practices in every country where their brands are sold.

"While the precise formulations are our Company's most valuable trade secrets and we do not comment on the formulations of any of our products, we strongly reassure all consumers that our soft drink products are non-alcoholic beverages. In the manufacture of our soft drink products, alcohol is not added as an ingredient and no fermentation takes place. Furthermore, our beverages do not contain any meat ingredients." Coca-Cola Egypt

 
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