Despite what they say, the scientific consensus is opposite, really, with the vast majority of academic papers suggesting quite harmful effects : https://medium.com/@InfinoMe/diabetes-time-to-resort-to-plas...
Either way I'm not particularly fond of the flavor that aluminium cans seem to impart on drinks, and have been starting to avoid them more as I get older.
There was also this fascinating study showing that BPA drove liver fat accumulation much more profoundly than fructose, which I find interesting. Both are clearly bad, but futzing with hormones is especially bad : https://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/1-s2.0-S0300483X120036...
There's a UK vendor that sells the concentrate of oils premade. I keep about a liter of the syrup (concentrate + water + sugar) in my fridge and add a tablespoon of so to 8oz of seltzer/mineral water when I want a soda:
I'd also really be curious about how the seattle soda tax is effecting honest tea in general. I was mildly annoyed by the tax since it claimed to be a sugar tax but charged by the oz rather than per gram of suger, and also didn't effect starbucks sugary drinks.
I still occasionally have a Coke -- about once a week with a movie or something -- but my days of Jolt-fueled hacking runs are behind me.
People typically eat breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You might even say habitually.
Around that time, it became obvious to the medical profession that there weren’t any health benefits to carbonated water on its own, so people started selling it as a treat
With my first pregnancy, I threw up morning, noon and night for eight months. Carbonated water was one of the things I could keep down and it helped make it vastly more bearable.
Keep in mind these fountain drinks with stuff added for "medicinal purposes" existed at a time when, no, you couldn't go to Walmart and select from a wide assortment of reliable OTC drugs without a prescription. If your medicine cabinet at home has multiple different OTC pain killers and cold medicines, my feeling is you really don't have a leg to stand on for scoffing at such practices from a hundred or more years ago.
Coca-Cola absolutely contained ingredients with medicinal properties. It's the one that is probably the best documented. That doesn't mean the others didn't also have real medicinal benefit. It just means we don't necessarily have the records of what went in them and the proof that X ingredient absolutely has medicinal uses.
I've actually tried it on several occasions when I was sick or nauseous for one reason or another and it really does work well. Just keep the bottle around and take a quick sip when you need some relief.
For me it works a lot better than ginger ale, even though that's supposed to help too.
While I don’t drink soda anymore, ginger ale is the one exception when I am very stressed.
> People typically eat breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You might even say habitually.
They're talking about straight up cocaine and opiates. A glass of Coca-cola contained about 1/4 of a line of coke in it originally.
Most spices have medicinal purposes. Inadequate muscle mass -- aka protein -- is linked to insulin resistance. I have eaten butter sandwiches to stop the bone and tooth pain no pain killers helped with.
Food has tremendous chemical impact on the body. We are only beginning to comprehend it.
"Adaptogens or adaptogenic substances are used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis."  - wikipedia goes on to discuss how the term is not considered valid today, where something is only a "medicine" if it's highly purified, entirely isolated from its natural context, and has specific physiological effects that are understood and described.
I think it important to point out that before the modern era, foods and plant-derived substances were humanity's best option for improving our body's function. I've read how civil war soldiers greatly appreciated coffee (entirely imported from tropical countries).
The Coca-Cola company has a monopoly on coca-leaf flavoring . This substance is a good source of anti-oxidants. Coca-Kola allegedly has been found to have more flower extracts than Pepsi-Kola...
Sodas were originally consumed in small quantities - 8 to 12 ounces was typical. Now we're getting plant-free "sodas" (sugar water with artificial colors and flavors, and without plant ingredients) in 64+ ounce servings.
My poor father buys Coke-zero, not realizing that research has found that people who consume artificially sweetened beverages actually consume more calories in total. I think he's desperate for the caffeine (exhaustion), and doesn't realize the metabolism boost of caffeine is best balanced with a small amount of sugar (caffeine without sugar -> low blood sugar -> cortisol release).
I disagree that "soda pop" was originally toxic. I keep a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Kola around for a small serving (8-ounces) of coca leaf and kola nut in the mid-afternoon period, after lunch & before dinner.
But to be real; offices having free soda available has its own health downsides; A cola at lunch can quickly become a cola for lunch and afternoon snack -- and maybe even a pick-me-up when tired or stressed. Only, it leads to weight gain through its sugars and the full supressing carbonic acid; acids lead to bone, nail, and organ side effects; and sugars, hfcs, and phosphoric acid start leading us to diabetes.
I switched from consuming soda from cans (and bottles) 2 decades ago. Drinking from soda fountains exclusively is more expensive at times and certainly doesn't taste as good (being a brown sugar suspension with few additives), but my skin stopped breaking out, my diabetes tests are negative, and my weight is consistent. I'm convinced it's not the soda flavor nor only the sugar nor the carbonation, but the containers and solution related to the acid. Bottled soda has all kinds of nasty effects based on how it's stored and for how long, that soured me pretty early on.
Phosphoric acid (popular in Coke) is the much more dangerous one eating bone, organs, affecting the liver.