Coca Cola – The “Healthy” Option!


“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 under the Food and Alcohol Category.

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