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Coca Cola – The “Healthy” Option!

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“An offer of Coca-Cola is more than just an invitation to refresh. It’s a way of saying with assurance, “here’s something wholesome and delicious for you to enjoy.”

So said this vintage advertisement for Coca-Cola from circa 1950. And to prove the point, who better to espouse the health benefits of this refreshment than the image of a nurse – wholesome in and of herself?

Coca-Cola has a long and illustrious history: first formulated in the 1800′s as an alcoholic beverage known as Pemberton’s French Wine Coca, prohibition in 1886 resulted in the non-alcoholic version of Coca-Cola being developed. It was initially sold in a pharmacy as a patent medicine; it was claimed to cure headache, morphine addiction, digestive reflux, nerve pain and impotence. By the time the drink celebrated its fiftieth anniversary  in 1935, it had been certified as a “kosher” product. Today it is one of, if not the, world’s most highly selling soft drinks.

But is it healthy? Today we would respond to that question with a resounding “no”! Containing carbonated water (the only healthy constituent), sugar, caffeine, caramel colouring, flavourings and phosphoric acid, there can be no illusion of any real health benefit  - though it can honestly provide some energy boost (all that sugar!)  and for some, can in fact be helpful for headache sufferers (thanks to the caffeine content).

Oz web Rewards might not have merchants selling coca-cola, but we do have discount shopping offerings on a range of gourmet food items, including one dedicated to American food novelties. Check it out at www.ozwebrewards.com.au under the Food and Alcohol Category.

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Some Toys Really Do Last Forever

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How many of our readers grew up with Lego?

This popular construction toy, with blocks for building all kinds of magnificent things, originated in Denmark in 1932. Previously made from wooden blocks, Lego started producing plastic toys in 1947 and in 1949 the first interlocking blocks we’re all  now familiar with were produced for the first time.

It’s reassuring to know that some things really do never change. With all the technological gizmos and computer-based games today’s kids have, children still have good, old-fashioned fun with some of the simpler things which their parents, and even their grandparents, enjoyed in their own childhood days.

It’s also amusing that parenthood hasn’t, in many ways, changed either. The 1950s and before are often presented as halcyon days where all was perfect – perfect working husbands came home after a hard day to perfect wives;  perfect children already bathed and fed and ready for bed. This print commercial suggests otherwise! Any parent can relate to a desire for their children to play quietly for hours with quiet toys and games. Mothers were obviously a bit frazzled! Lego had this benefit as well as others: children using their imaginations and creativity for good – not playing war games, which at the time were popular with little boys but tiresome for their parents in a recent post-war world.

At Oz web Rewards we have a very large number of online stores who sell toys of all kinds and also offer rewards in our generous loyalty program. We are your one-stop portal for online shopping Australia-wide, and we guarantee that if you browse our games merchants, you will find myriad toys to suit your needs – old fashioned, educational, and very modern toys are all available here. It’s free to join – and you get 5% in rewards points every time you shop via our website. Check it out today – you can even do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your computer!

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