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February 9, 2017
By L. Carr, Contributing Columnist






Coca-Cola is the biggest-selling soft drink in the country, and
Pepsi is not far behind. Most people have a personal favorite
out of these highly visible brands. And most people know that
drinking Coca-Cola and Pepsi on a regular basis is not the
best thing you can do for your health. But which is worse? Is
it healthier to drink Coca Cola, or is Pepsi the best choice
when you’re thinking about your health?

What’s the Difference Between Coca Cola and Pepsi?

Coca-Cola was created in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia. The drink
was developed by Dr. John S. Pemberton, who produced it
first as a fountain beverage at the Jacob’s Pharmacy by
mixing his syrup with carbonated water.

Coca-Cola was patented in 1887 and by 1895 it was being
sold in every state and every territory in the US. At first, Coca
Cola contained cocaine as one of its ingredients, which was
removed in 1930.

Pepsi was originally called “Brad’s Drink” when it was
developed in North Carolina in 1893. Caleb Bradham first
created the drink – he aimed to boost energy levels and the
digestive system. The name Pepsi Cola comes from the
enzyme pepsin, a digestive enzyme.

Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi are black carbonated drinks that
look alike in a glass, and they both contain carbonated water,
high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, caffeine, and
flavorings. These are the similarities, but what are the
differences?

Do Pepsi and Coke Taste Different?

Most people claim to prefer one drink over the other. Pepsi
tastes sweeter than Coca-Cola, and therefore it tends to do
better than Pepsi in blind taste tests. It has a more citrusy
taste, contrasted with a vanilla taste to Coca Cola.

Yet despite these difference, and despite the fact that people
have their favorites, most people can’t actually tell the
difference according to a 2004 study from Baylor College of
Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Taste tests reveal that there is no clear definition of which
brand is being tasted. The authors of the study say “We
initially measured these behavioral preferences objectively, by
administering double-blind taste tests. We found that
subjects split equally in their preferences for Coke and Pepsi
in the absence of brand information.”

In terms of health, should you be prioritizing one beverage
over the other? Is Coke better for you than Pepsi? We looked
closely at the nutritional make-up of both Coca Cola Classic
and classic Pepsi to see which drink offers the best benefits –
or the least health problems.



























1.
Sugar in Pepsi and Coca-Cola

Pepsi contains slightly more sugar than Coca-Cola, which is
why the beverage tastes sweeter. There is 41g sugar in a 12
fl oz Pepsi can and 39g of sugar in a 12 fl oz can of Coca-Cola
Classic.

While Coke has less sugar, it is certainly not a great option
when you consider the danger caused by excess sugar
consumption.

If you drink Coca-Cola or Pepsi you will be consuming the
equivalent of 13.5 cubes of sugar when you drink 500ml. The
recommended daily intake of sugar is 25g, according to the
World Health Organization.

It seems, however, that Pepsi and Coca-Cola are turning
away from their sugary drinks in favor of low-sugar and no-
sugar beverages. PepsiCo in 2016 announced that two thirds
of its drinks will have 100 calories from added sugar or fewer
by 2025.

Coca-Cola is also investing in low-sugar still beverages,
water, and juices. While this may seem to be a way to help
consumers consume a healthier diet, it is probably largely
driven by trends in beverage consumption which highlight the
dangers of excessive sugar.

2.
Caffeine in Coca-Cola and Pepsi

You’ll find 38mg of caffeine in a can of Pepsi. There is 34mg
of caffeine in a Coca Cola Classic can. Not much difference at
all.

The Food and Drug Administration has given 400mg of
caffeine a day as the limit that is not associated with any
negative health effects, which means you would have to drink
10.5 cans of Pepsi and nearly 12 cans of Coke to be faced
with caffeine problems.

Some studies say that moderate levels of caffeine can actually
be good for you.

A 2014 study from Johns Hopkins University shows that
caffeine has a positive effect on long term memory. They
found that caffeine enhances memories up to at least 24
hours after drinking.

The researchers carried out a double blind trial where people
were given a placebo or 200mg of caffeine five minutes after
studying a group of images. They were tested the next day
on their ability to recognize images from the group. More
people who had consumed caffeine were able to identify
images than those who did not consume caffeine.

3.
Phosphoric Acid in Coca Cola and Pepsi Drinks

Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola contain phosphoric acid in their
cans.

Phosphoric acid has a number of uses in creating these
beverages, including one rather shocking one – it keeps you
from vomiting up your Coca Cola or Pepsi.

British pharmacist Niraj Naik in 2015 reported that the
intense sweetness or Coca Cola and Pepsi should make a
person vomit as soon as it is drunk. But the phosphoric acid
cuts down the sweetness, meaning we can keep the drink
down.

Drinking too many cans of Pepsi or Coca-Cola could result in
a higher risk of bone loss or hypocalcaemia due to their
phosphoric acid content, according to studies.

A 1999 study from the Mexican Social Security Institute,
Durango, Mexico looked at 21 women with a control group of
64 and found that women with hypocalcaemia had a higher
consumption of phosphoric acid-containing soft drinks like
Pepsi and Coca Cola.

Other studies have found a link between soft drink
consumption and lower bone mineral density, and an
increased risk of bone fracture.

4.
What Are the Dangers of Caramel Color in Coke and Pepsi?

Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola list caramel color in their
ingredients, though they do not list the amount. Caramel
coloring is linked to some serious health problems.

A 2015 study from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
in Baltimore, MD suggests that the chemical process
undertaken when manufacturing caramel coloring for these
soft drinks produces a carcinogen that could raise the risk of
cancer in people consuming the drinks.

The study found that just one can a day could be enough
exposure to the chemical 4-MEI (short for 4-methylimidazole)
to raise cancer risk. The researchers said that there was not
enough data to say whether one brand was better than
others in terms of this risk.

5.
Levels of Sodium in Pepsi and Coca-Cola

You may not believe it, but these sweet drinks also contain
salt.

There is 45mg of salt in any can of Coca-Cola Classic, which is
2 percent of the daily value.  And there is 30mg sodium in
Pepsi, 1 percent of the daily value.

So Pepsi is better than Coca-Cola for your health when it
comes to sodium.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 says you can have
up 2,300mg of sodium a day as long as you are healthy. If
you have high blood pressure or another chronic ailment
your limit should be 1,500mg, which means that a can of
soda could be edging your total daily consumption up too
high.

6.
Pepsi and Coca-Cola Both Contain High Fructose Corn
Syrup


Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain high fructose corn syrup as
their sweetener. The switch from cane sugar to this type of
sugar, which is made from corn, happened over 30 years
ago. Corn was subsidized by the government so it made
sense economically for the drinks companies. This is not the
case all over the world – Coca Cola is still manufactured using
cane sugar in countries like the UK and Mexico.

Research shows that countries using large amounts of high
fructose corn syrup in their foods could be helping to push
up global levels of diabetes.

A 2012 study from the University of Oxford and the
University of Southern California (USC) found that a “20%
higher proportion of the population have diabetes in
countries with high use of the food sweetener compared to
countries that do not use it.” The researchers analyzed data
from 42 countries.

The US has the highest all-round consumption of high
fructose corn syrup in the world, at 25kg per year per head.
Other research indicates that high fructose corn syrup could
be linked to negative health effects that are worse than those
from natural sugar.

7.
Which has More Calories – Coca Cola or Pepsi?

You'll find 140 calories in a can of Coca-Cola Classic, and 150
calories in Pepsi. Not much difference, though neither are
great when you want to lose weight considering that water
has zero calories.

A 2012 study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill shows that a simple switch from sodas like Pepsi and
Coke to water or diet drinks can help people lose four to five
pounds. The study looked at 318 overweight or obese people
for six months. People who switched to calorie-free drinks
were twice as likely to lose five percent or more of their body
weight.








































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