Coca Cola, A Popular Beverage

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In 1886 John Pemberton invented the popular beverage known as Coca-Cola and sold it to customers in a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. People loved the sweet carbonated drink, and sales skyrocketed. It was not until almost a century later in the summer of 1980 that Jack Carew was appointed to lead a project to introduce a diet version of Coca-Cola. Since, at the time consumers were moving to low or no calorie brands. And in 1982 at Radio City in New York Diet Coke made its debut in the United States. Today, Diet Coke is now a popular beverage consumed by about fifty-nine percent of Americans every day, according to a study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. This drink, containing fewer calories and sugar than regular Coke would…show more content…
N.d. Liberty Voice. Web. 17 May 2016. In addition to that, Diet coke also contains aspartame (C14H18N2O5), which is a low calorie sweetener used to replace the sugar found in regular Coca-Cola. It is composed of two amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Although these amino acids are not found to be harmful by themselves, when aspartame is consumed it is broken down in the body to aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol, which in large amounts can be harmful. But since aspartame is about 200 times as sweet as regular sugar, much less of it can be used for the same amount of sweetness, leading to fewer calories in the food or beverage being consumed. And although aspartame’s main purpose is to reduce weight gain, this artificial sweetener may actually be doing the opposite. “Some studies suggest that when our taste buds sense sweetness, the body expects a calorie load to accompany it. When that doesn’t happen, it may cause us to overeat because we crave the energy rush our body was expecting,” says Cheryl Forberg R.D., author of Flavor First. What this means is that after drinking artificial sweeteners, naturally sweet foods such as apples, blueberries, and strawberries no longer seem sweet enough. The reason for this is because when your body tastes something sweet it releases insulin into the bloodstream to absorb the sugar. Normally this would not be a problem, but since aspartame is an artificial sweetener there
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