BULK BUY OF DEATH
By: Sbongakonke Mbatha
Coke or Cola? What’s your poison?
In literal terms the distinct comparison of ‘coke’ (cocaine) the drug and coke the drink might stir up an argument between its addicts and all those uninformed stereotypes about their different detrimental effects on one’s health, even though they both quench the thirst.
Dressed in a red garment and a yellow turban, the drink most certainly attracts consumers to twist and let the acid breathe. Like the small pill that makes one’s world spin around while having a ‘good time’, Coca Cola is potentially addictive. One addiction that becomes hard to conquer.
As a brand, Coca Cola is the leading brand in the beverage industry. According to the Coca Cola website, the Coca Cola Company offers hundreds of brands from soft drinks to fruit blends. The brand affects people’s lives in different ways and reaches out to a diverse consumer community, whatever the preference.
There is Coca Cola original, Coke diet and Coca Cola Zero. Coca Cola’s description of being delicious and refreshing was the day the first sip tickled taste buds on the 8th of May in 1886, pity the same statement cannot be said with the same amount of confidence today.
The ingredients of the soft drink syrup include ether high fructose corn syrup or cuerose derived from sugar cane, caramel, vanilla and glycenon. In simple language one 600ml bottle of Coca Cola contains approximately 15 teaspoons, equivalent to 5 cups of tea depending on how you have your sugars.
Many Coca Cola consumers drink without all the positives and negatives packed in every sip. Coca Cola was originally one of many Coca based drinks that claimed medicinal benefits to health. It claimed to alleviate headaches while acting as a brain and nerve tonic.
There was also a small amount of cocaine present in the product that gave it a buzz. It was later on claimed that cocaine was removed from the formula, substituting it with caffeine as the stimulating ingredient (which is also harmful to one’s health).
The United States of America once carried out a campaign against Coca Cola’s harmful food ingredients and misleading claims. On the 6th of May BBC news reported that Coca Cola planned to remove the controversial ingredient, flame retardant (brominated vegetable oil) from all its beverages.
Certainty that all these harmful ingredients were absolutely removed can never be completely proved since the drink is still a favourite and the most bought soft drink in most grocery stores around the country.
It is also one of the few if not the only soft drink with the most common bulk buy promotions.
Ever wondered what happens to your body after drinking a glass of coke? The mere tingle of acid just after you pour should be an indication that this is not good for you.