TAKE ON TOPICS
By TRACI BARNES
I have been trying to cut back on soft drinks. I have come to the conclusion that is the carbonation that I like so much. I have been drinking more carbonated mineral water in an attempt to help. There are some interesting facts about soda, pop, soft drinks, cokes, soda pop, cola, or fountain drinks as some like to call them.
Orange Fanta is the 3rd largest selling soft drink in the world. This one made me think of the movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Joe and the Volcano. I believe it was Orange Crush that the natives went wild over.
In 1886 Coca Cola was introduced as an “intellectual beverage” to boost brain power.
Did you know Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine? No wonder it was so addictive. Coca-Cola launched its 3rd product, Sprite in 1961. Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola than any other country and more per capita. Diet Coke was introduced in 1982.
The first aluminum drink can was introduced in 1964. Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970. The drinking straw was invented in 1886.
Soft drinks are called “soft” in contrast to “hard drinks”, alcoholic beverages.
In the late 18th century, scientists made progress in replicating naturally carbonated mineral waters. In 1767 Joseph Priestley first discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide to make carbonated water. He did this when he suspended a bowl of distilled water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds, England. His invention of carbonated water, or soda water, is the major component of most soft drinks.
A variant of soda water in the United States was called “phosphate soda” and it appeared in the late 1870’s. It became one of the most popular soda fountain drinks from 1900 through the 1930s. It had lemon or orange phosphate being the most basic. The drink consisted of one fluid ounce of fruit syrup, ½ teaspoon of phosphoric acid, and enough carbonated water and ice to fill a glass. This was commonly served in pharmacies.
The drinking of natural or artificial mineral water was considered to be healthy. American pharmacist started adding herbs and chemicals to unflavored mineral water. They commonly used birch bark (birch beer), dandelion, sarsaparilla, fruit extracts, and other substances.
Pharmacies with soda fountains or ice cream parlors became a popular part of our culture. Many Americans would go to the soda fountain on a daily basis. In the early part of the 20th century sales of bottled soda increased. Then in the second half of the century canned soft drinks took over an important share of the market.
“Home-paks” were invented in the 1920s, these were the cardboard six packs as we would call them today. Vending machines also started appearing in the 1920’s.
My first job was at Polar Bear Ice Cream where D & D Pharmacy is today. I remember making Cherry Phosphates.
Coke-Cola is the most carbonated drink. I guess it makes sense that Diet Coke is my drink of choice, preferably in a can.
So while you will notice I said “trying to cut back”, please don’t try to help me if you see me at lunch with a diet coke. I didn’t say I was quitting all together.
Until next week…