One of the largest selling caffeinated beverages in the world. It contains 33 gm sugar per 300100 ml of the beverage and 132 Kcal. per 300 ml of the beverage. It is not recommended for diabetics, heart patients and fitness enthusiasts, but the healthy may have it only occasionally, in small quantities of upto 50 ml, to avoid high blood sugar. The use of preservatives, caramel colouring and caffeine are further reasons to avoid consuming this product frequently, and in large quantities are highly detrimental to health according to studies conducted.
foodnetindia rating for this product:
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
Not recommended for people to drink in large quantities because of high sugar content i.e., 33 gm of sugar in 300 ml of Coca Cola. Empty calories from sugar Also calorie content is quite high at 132 Kcal per 300 ml of Coca Cola.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 1 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
There is no nutritional value in this beverage, but it has excessive sugar, artificial colouring, and preservatives in it, which could all be are detrimental to health.
Ingredients of concern in Coca Cola–
Acidity Regulator (338) -Phosphoric acid
Permitted Natural Colour (150d) -Caramel
Added Flavours (Natural Flavouring Substances)
A single serving of 300 ml of Cocoa Cola contains 33 gms of sugar, which is higher than the WHO recommended daily allowance of 25 gms per day. This beverage should be avoided by healthy people and definitely at all costs especially by diabetics and heart patients. Also the high calorie content in it approximately 132 Kcal in 300ml of Coke is detrimental to health.
Preservative IN 211
Sodium benzoate (IN 211) is a preservative and food additive. It is bacteriostatic and fungi static under acidic conditions. It is most widely used in acidic foods such as salad dressings (vinegar), carbonated drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid), pickles (vinegar), and condiments.
It is an artificial corn based sweetener representing more than 50% of calories in the averaged supermarket. It has many side effects on health like it increases risk of colon cancer, diabetes, kidney stones, weight gain, it also raises bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, tooth decay, tissue damage and may cause tumours.
Artificial colour Caramel Colour 150d
According to the Coca Cola website for India , artificial colour 150d is used to give the beverage its brown colour. It gets its characteristic brown colouring when processed with ammonia and sulphur to intensify the colour. It may contain ammonium compounds, which affect digestive system and stomach (gastrointestinal problems), liver, and cause hyperactivity. Caramel colour produced with ammonia may be associated with blood toxicity and results in a reduction of white cells and lymphocyte count. A clarification is needed from the brand if an ammonia based process has been used and whether these reported health issues are relevant to it.
Acidity Regulator (338) -Phosphoric acid
Phosphoric acid is a colourless and odourless mineral acid made from phosphate rock. It may lead to calcium loss in bones and tooth erosion. It may increases the chance of getting osteoporosis and has been, in some cases linked to kidney damage and kidney stones.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
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