A MOMENT OF FRESHNESS OR DEATH
By: Sanelisiwe Mangxaba
As strange as it might sound, there are actually people who are addicted to the Coca-Cola (also known as Coke) soft drink. Some might ask themselves: How can a person be addicted
to a soft drink? But reality is that the drink is highly addictive.
According to Suresh Bedesi, assistant manager at Checkers Davenport, Coke is the best seller and the top range of soft drink not only in South Africa but around the world.
“For us most customers prefer Coke and we order more soft drinks than juices because we look at the demand. Coke is leading,” said Bedesi.
The drink may be highly addictive to some consumers although it does not contain cocaine, there is a highly addictive stimulant in it named caffeine which causes people to be hooked to
Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system, it makes a person to become more alert and attentive of which once you lose energy you will feel like getting another and that is what
makes other people to be addicted.
“Coca-Cola contains a lot of sugar and it is carbonated and this demoralise the bones, can lead to osteoporosis at an older age and sugar diabetes and due to the amount of sugar the
drink contains it may also cause tooth decay if consumed for a long period of time,” said Dr Devandran Mudley, a physician.
When having a bottle of Coke and enjoying the undeniable freshness, you are actually pouring into your throat a mixture of chemicals because when the drink is made; purified
water is carbonated which gives a brownish colour and a gas is infiltrated which is the orthophosphoric acid which causes irritation on the skin and eyes.
According to Mudley Coca-Cola also contains salt but due to the high amount of sugar it contains, the salt cannot even be detected and actually one glass contains ten teaspoons of
There is even Diet Coke which is even worse because the aspartame in it replaces the sugar which makes it to be a pure neurotoxic poison.
“Coke is my energy booster and a day is not a day without it, I do not know how I’m going to stop but for now I’m just enjoying,” said Zimkita Feke, a Coca-Cola addict.
Some people use the drink for removing rusty stains on chrome surfaces of cars and others to remove stains on clothes.
The recipe is to pour Coke on the stain and put washing power and after washing the stain would be gone. An alarming risk for the fragile inner parts of a humanbeing, and then again it is a personal choice and preference to keep on consuming the drink or