Interesting Facts about Soft Drinks

  • Soft drinks are called “soft” because they don’t have any alcohol in them.
  • First flavored soda drinks appeared in Europe in second half of 17th century. They were most popular in France.
  • Soft drinks are often distinguished by their packaging size, type of container, manufacturer, flavor, ingredients and serving temperature.
  • Process of carbonation is popular not only for drinks with specific recipes, but also for “enriching” the flavor of ordinary water (popular “mineral” water).
  • The most popular types of soft drinks are flavored water, carbonated water, sweet iced tea, fruit drinks, carbonated soft drinks, diet soft drinks, fruit punch, seltzers and cordials.
  • Soft drinks can be called by many names. The most popular ones are soda, pop, coke, soda pop, fizzy drink and carbonated beverage.
  • Over 34 billion gallons of soft drinks are sold in over 200 countries each year.
  • In United States there are over 1,500 patents related to soda drinks during first few years of its popularity.
  • Sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of increase in number of bacteria in the mouth. This can cause significant tooth decay.
  • Process of carbonating water (infusing water with carbon dioxide) was invented by Englishman Joseph Priestley in 1767.
  • Because of the health concerns, many governments have placed tight regulations on production, sales, taxation and marketing of soda drinks.
  • The most popular early soda drinks that were invented before end of 19th century are Ginger ale, Ice cream soda, Root beer, Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola and Pepsi-Cola.
  • Coca Cola is largest manufacturer of carbonated soda drinks in the world. Their most popular drinks are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and orange-flavored soda drink Fanta.
  • Soda fountains (devices that can serve pre-made soda) were first introduced in early 1800s and patented in 1816.
  • The average cola drink has 38 calories per 100 grams.
  • United States represents 25% of global soft drink market.
  • Sweetened drinks are high in kilojoules, which can introduced weight gain and obesity.
  • Because young kids are attracted to sweetened soda drinks, there are most susceptible to weight gain and chance to develop diabetes.
  • Automated production of soda drink bottles arrived in 1899. Its inventor Michael Owens managed in few years to create device that can create 58 thousand bottles per day.
  • Soft drinks and carbonated soft drinks can be created both at home and in factories.
  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks are associated with dental caries, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • Soft drinks also have bad reputation for containing caffeine (it can manipulate anxiety levels of drinkers, and cause addiction) and artificial sweeteners.

Note: This article does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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