Coca-Cola: the world’s most harmful “drug” | Digital Trends Spanish
This Saturday, May 8, Coca Cola turns 135 years old. It is one of the most recognized cultural products in the world, marketed in more than 200 countries and with the title of being one of the most consumed beverages of the 20th and 21st centuries.
As far back as May 1886, pharmacist John Pemberton could hardly have imagined the scope of his innovative product.
In fact, what he invented at that time had a completely different purpose, since the Coca-Cola conceived by Pemberton was a patented medicinal drink.
The original recipe was prepared using a combination of coca leaf and cola nut extracts (hence its name). The drink contained cocaine until 1903, when it was replaced by caffeine.
Coca-Cola began to be sold that same year at Jacobs Pharmacy in Atlanta. The product was marketed to combat digestion problems and provide energy.
In the beginning, about nine glasses of this kind of syrup were sold daily, at a price of 5 cents per glass.
Soon its character as a medicine gained popularity. Thus, it was sold as a brain tonic and nervous stimulant, a remedy that could be used for headaches, neuralgia, hysteria, melancholy and, basically, any nervous disease.
John Pemberton saw his medicine become a real success, so much so that in 1891 he decided to found The Coca Cola Company, in conjunction with fellow pharmacist Asa G. Candler.
Coca-Cola on the body
More than a century later, this popular drink is far from being considered a medicine. In fact, the harmful effect it causes on the body is proven.
One of the main problems of this product is that it is associated with a high level of addiction, so the people who consume it daily are the ones who most show problems in their health.
The problems are mainly due to the large amount of sugar and chemicals that the drink contains, which can be the cause of a large number of diseases, from overweight, obesity, diabetes, kidney stones, asthma, decalcification, anemia, depression, poor digestion, cavities and Alzheimer’s.
Thus, John Pemberton’s innocent dream of making a product that would make people feel good has given way to an addictive drink whose intake has threatened people’s health for decades.