[Not strictly complementary I know, but important given the amount consumed]
The world is addicted to Coca-Cola.
Each day, 1.6 billion cans and bottles of the sickly brown liquid are
gulped down, making it the globe’s most recognised brand.
ever since it was first concocted as a brain tonic in 1886 (designed to
treat ‘sick headaches, neuralgia, hysteria and melancholy’), the makers
of Coca-Cola have been secretive about what goes into their drink.
pharmacist and Coke founder Asa Chandler was so concerned that the
recipe could fall into the wrong hands he reportedly never wrote it
lives on today. Coca-Cola insists only two people alive know the
formula, that they never travel on the same plane in case it crashes and
that the list of ingredients is locked in a bank vault.
while the recipe for Coke is surrounded by the kind of mystique that
marketing men dream of, the company found its formula under less welcome
scrutiny this week.
it has emerged that Coca-Cola in the U.S. has reduced levels of one of
its ingredients following fears that it could cause cancer.
chemical — 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) — helps to give the drink its
colour, but is listed by Californian health officials as a potential
Source - Daily Mail