Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 by a pharmacist named Dr. John Smith Pemberton. Since its inception, it has quickly become one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. Whether they like or hate their drinks, everyone knows what Coca-Cola is. But what many people don’t know is the history and dark facts behind this world-famous drink.
10 Water Shortages
We all know that the exact formula for making Coca-Cola is kept secret. It will probably remain so for a long time to come, if not forever. Although we do not know everything that is put into Coca-Cola, we know that they most certainly use water. Most drinks cannot be made without water, so it is not surprising that the sugary drink contains a lot of water. However, this is becoming a problem in countries that have difficulty obtaining clean water at all times.
It takes a lot of water to make a single bottle of Coca-Cola, and that means that poor countries do not have access to water because Coca-Cola plants use all the liquid. Not only do people not have enough water to drink, but they also do not have enough water for their crops, which means they cannot water, consume and produce the food they need to survive.
9 Employees Dying
You wouldn’t think that working in a Coca-Cola plant could result in someone’s death, but that’s exactly what happened to several Coca-Cola factory workers in Colombia. It was 1986, and the day began in a relatively normal way when the factory was suddenly ambushed by a gang of crazy-eyed members of a nearby paramilitary group. A Colombian Coca-Cola executive tried to get the men to leave, but they refused and ended up killing the frame. The paramilitary group then issued an ultimatum to Coca-Cola: shut up and leave, or die. Of course, the employees left the plant as quickly as they could, and the group took over the plant and made it their own. Coca-Cola is still criticized for this because they did little to know why this murder took place. Not to mention that when the factory finally reopened, most of the original workers were simply laid off.
8 False Advertising
Coca Cola obviously wants to be the largest beverage company in the world. At this point, it is probably safe to say that it is. However, its size did not prevent it from buying back companies in order to make as much money as possible. That is what happened in India in 1977. Coca Cola began its expansion in India by selling its products in local stores. Unfortunately, they did not achieve the desired results. Few people were buying their products and Coca-Cola lost a lot of money, so they left before they could lose more money.
Then in 1977, an Indian company called Thums Up appeared, and they sold their own soft drink. Coca Cola had already left, leaving the possibility for another company to take its place. Coca Cola ended up buying Thums Up and gave it a new image. This made people believe that they were giving their money to Thums Up, but in reality it ends up in the pockets of Coca-Cola. This means that Coca Cola sells Coca Cola without people even realizing it.
7 Aggressive Selling Tactics
We all know how healthy the water is. We also know that we have to drink a decent amount every day, but there was a time when Coca-Cola was completely discouraged. All Coca-Cola wanted to do was make as much money as possible by encouraging people to drink Coca-Cola instead of water. To do this, they launched a campaign called H2NO.
This campaign was supposed to get waiters and waitresses to push the Coca-Cola on customers instead of the boring old water. Coca-Cola was trying to put the restaurants on their side by saying that the water would only annoy customers, and that Coca-Cola would rather make them feel drunk. Perhaps they thought that customers would spend more money on food, which would benefit Coca-Cola and restaurants in the long run. It was actually a way for Coca-Cola to bring down its competition: water. In addition, they obtained additional money in the process.
6 Health Concerns
Can Coca-Cola kill you? If you drink enough, he can apparently kill you. Coca-Cola was criticized when a New Zealand woman apparently got drunk to death drinking too much soda. She was only thirty years old and spent most of her days swallowing bottle after bottle of Coca-Cola. The coroner who observed the woman’s body stated that many of her medical problems may be related to her addiction to Coca-Cola, which raises the following question… How addictive is Coca-Cola?
There is no doubt that many people drink Coca-Cola several times a day, but what society never recognizes is what makes their ingredients so addictive that they can result in the death of an adult. The medical examiner stated that if she had not drunk so much Coca-Cola, she would still be alive, which Coca-Cola never really did.
5 Marketing Towards Children
In the 1990s, Coca-Cola tried to tackle the idea of getting younger generations to consume their products. The 1990s were a time when things were slowly changing in terms of what we ate and drinking, but Coca-Cola was quick to take the plunge and make sure that children would only drink their products and products at school.
The company would give money to schools, which would allow Coca Cola to obtain the rights to sell its beverages in those schools. For example, a New York school got a stadium with a giant Coca-Cola poster, which means that the children received publicity even when they were at school. Schools were then invited to sell the products to children, despite the fact that too much of the product can be unhealthy. Schools were even threatened with making less money if they sold drinks such as milk and fruit juices.
4 Exploiting Farmers
Coca-Cola clearly has no problem trying to beat its competitors and make as much money as possible. This can be seen in the way they source ingredients. The company sourced coca leaves from local farmers in Peru, and some say some U.S. plants still do. The problem is that coca leaves are almost entirely illegal all over the world. They are commonly used to make cocaine, which is of course an illegal drug. The real problem is that coca leaves can technically be used for other things as well. Legal things, like candy. If they are manufactured correctly, of course.
Because of the drug laws that have been put in place, these Peruvian farmers can only sell their products to Coca-Cola. They are the only company in the United States that has access to the leaves. This means that Coca Cola can ask for the leaves at about the price it wants, leaving many peasants poor and in trouble – a problem that Coca Cola doesn’t really address despite the money the company earns.
3 Misleading Medical Studies
Coca Cola came under fire a few years ago for reporting wrongdoing by employees of its research department. Coca-Cola has always been touted as a company that promotes sugary and unhealthy beverages. It is a fact that Coca-Cola drinks contain a lot of sugar, and we all know that sugar can lead to obesity. However, Coca-Cola funded scientists who instead blamed people who simply did not exercise.
Coca Cola wanted the world to know that obesity has nothing to do with what a person consumes, and everything to do with their lack of movement and exercise. Many people said that Coca-Cola was extremely irresponsible with the data they shared because it did not take into account how harmful sugary drinks can be. The company stated that obesity could not be treated by reducing calories, which many nutritionists disapprove of.
2 Originally Contained Cocaine
Coca-Cola once contained traces of cocaine in their beverages. It may sound like a silly urban legend you heard at school, but it is true that the soft drink contained the drug. There have been countless disagreements over the amount of the drink, but the fact is that Coca-Cola used coca leaves in its products – and some say they still do. In these leaves you will find cocaine alkaloid – which, of course, can be used to create cocaine.
In 1903, the company began slowly but surely removing cocaine from their beverages – mainly because many white Americans were concerned about the overwhelming number of African-Americans who were buying Coca-Cola. Many were not allowed to use fountains, so they ended up buying their own drinks instead. White Americans feared that this would cause them to be attacked by people who consumed the drug-filled liquid, so Coca-Cola passed from the leaves.
1 Coca Cola Wine?
At this point, we all know that Coca-Cola contained traces of cocaine in its beverages, but did you know that Coca-Cola was originally intended to be a simple alcoholic beverage? Coca-Cola was supposed to be a simple but sweet-tasting wine, but prohibition arrived, making the whole drink illegal. That’s when the creator of Coca-Cola decided to include cocaine in beverages instead. They then renamed the drink “cure for headache” with the medicinal power of cocaine. It was, of course, a time when people didn’t really know what kind of damage cocaine could actually cause.
Although Coca-Cola never seems to really recognize the weird things in its drinks, it has been criticized recently because of reports that have been published. These reports claimed that Coca-Cola did contain traces of alcohol, which do not appear to be written on the bottle. This caused an outcry, especially in countries with strict anti-alcohol culture.
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