DailyDirt: Uncommon Un-Colas

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A vast number of soft drinks are available, and some of the most popular ones seem to have started as medicinal tonics (even the ones that aren't called "energy drinks" nowadays). Coca-cola was once a headache medicine that contained an unhealthy amount of cocaine -- that wasn't completely removed until 1929. Here are just a few other strange sodas with some unusual natural ingredients. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2014 @ 6:35pm

    Lithium tastes good! Yum!

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    madasahatter (profile), 11 Oct 2014 @ 9:31am

    Moxie

    Moxie is old soft drink that is still in production and is somewhat popular in New England

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    TruthHurts, 11 Oct 2014 @ 10:45am

    sigh - just use left handed sugar and be done with it

    All of these other sweeteners just plain suck.

    Stevia - bitter aftertaste
    Artificial sweeteners - cause cancer, parkinsons, altzheimers as well as other genetic disorders.

    Left handed (aka Left Chondrite) sugars are natural sugars where the molecule is spun backwards, or left-handed.

    The human body can process a maximum of about 15% of left-handed sugars, some bodies more than others.
    It has the same taste, the same sweetness, the same everything as sugar because it is sugar, but it passes through the human body mostly unprocessed.

    Remove the preservatives, replace sugar with left-chondrite sugar, shorten the shelf-life and mass produce the "healthier" choice in sodas.

    The first soda manufacturer to do this will win market share.

    Now, why haven't they done this yet? Left chondrite sugar is naturally occurring and cannot be patented, so it's greed versus health.

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      Michael Ho (profile), 12 Oct 2014 @ 5:30pm

      Re: sigh - just use left handed sugar and be done with it

      There are actually a few reasons why you can't just replace regular sugars with non-digestible isomers. The problem is that non-digestible sugars don't give you calories, but they're also *not* digestible -- so they act like laxatives. That's part of the reason why artificial sweeteners are usually hundreds of times as sweet as regular sugar -- so that they don't occupy so much volume in your digestive tract.

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    Jenn, 12 Oct 2014 @ 1:28pm

    Thanks Prop D

    Prop D in California may be influencing this. There are several loopholes, from what qualifies as 'added' to what qualifies as a 'sweetener' when it comes to taxing sodas.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they're already making sodas that go under the prop's radar.

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    Rekrul, 13 Oct 2014 @ 8:23am

    Why use Stevia and sugar together? The whole point of using Stevia is to use a natural sweetner that doesn't have the same adverse effects on people as sugar, especially for diabetics. Adding sugar to it destroys the benefits. They might as well just use sugar.

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