Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends: The Toxic History of Soda Pop

How it all began…

it’s hard to believe that the “evil” soft drink actually began as a health product, touted for its many beneficial effects. In fact, soda got its start in Europe, where the healing powers of natural mineral waters have been prescribed for hundreds of years. Bathing or drinking the water from these natural spas was thought to cure a wide variety of illnesses. Tristan Donovan, the author of Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World, says that the ailments treated with bubbling spring waters constituted a “ludicrously big list,” everything from gallstones to scurvy. (In reality, the beverage did little more than settle an upset stomach, without any adverse side effects.)

 

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2 thoughts on “Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends: The Toxic History of Soda Pop

  1. I really love soda, so I can’t really say anything bad about it. I do think that, like anything, it can be dangerous in large quantities. However, I think with enough portion control anyone can enjoy soda and avoid the negative health effects. Nonetheless, interesting article — thanks for sharing!

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