Traces Of Alcohol Found In Sodas, Such As Coca-Cola and Pepsi
June 29, 2012

Traces Of Alcohol Found In Soda

Connie K. Ho for — Your Universe Online

Soda lovers should beware of what may be found in the sugary drinks. Researchers in France recently revealed that sodas, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, have small traces of alcohol.

Investigators believe that the findings will cause people to become more concerned about the drinks due to safety, health, or religious reasons. The tests were conducted by the National Institute of Consumption, a Paris-based organization, and showed that over half of the popular sodas contained miniscule amounts of alcohol. This includes brand leaders like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. Only the supermarket knockoffs of the drinks did not contain alcohol.

“It is possible that traces of alcohol come from the process´ of making Coca-Cola according to its secret recipe,” commented Michael Pepin, scientific director for Coca-Cola France, in a Daily Mail article. “Furthermore, the Paris Mosque has provided us with a certificate stating that our products can be consumed by the Muslim community in line with the religious opinions of the Committee of the Mosque of Paris.”

A French magazine, 60 Million Consumers, published the results in a recent issue. Authors of the article proposed that the alcohol levels in the beverages are around 0.001 percent, which amounts of 10mg in every liter. Of 19 sodas, only nine did not have alcohol; these beverages included Auchan, Cora, Casino, Leader Price, and Man U-Cola. The other ten beverages that have traces of alcohol included Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Class Light, Coke Zero, and Pepsi Cola.

“Some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used,” noted a spokesman for Pepsi in the Daily Mail article. “The Pepsi Cola recipe does not contain alcohol.”

Some people believe that the information will be critical for patients.

“The concentration of alcohol, although very scanty, may interact with a few medications - either increasing or decreasing the effect of drugs taken like blood thinners, and a few antibiotics which may alter the drug regimen and its effects. Moreover, the health hazards of these sugary beverages impact the heath of diabetic patients, and even in healthy people who are predisposed to obesity and osteoporosis among other conditions,” Dr. Hatem Soliman, Specialist Critical Care Medicine at Al Zahra Private Hospital, told Gulf News.

Others believe that clear labeling is needed on the products for those who may have allergies to the ingredients.

“Alcohol is toxic; the label should mention that the cola contains alcohol, specifying the percentage. So if a person knows he has a medical condition, he can make an informed decision,” noted Hussein Al Beshbeshy, Marketing Manager at wellbeing/sports/physiotherapy center Body Balancers, in the Gulf News article.

With the research findings, it is clear that big business has a control on the industry.

“Think about the billions of children consuming colas without awareness and are hooked on it. People should be conscious about their health and take charge of it,” commented Jacques Caluwé Sr., a physiotherapist who works with top athletes, in the Gulf News article.