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What’s Really in a Can of Coke?

America’s most problematic beverage is also one of its most brilliant—at least in terms of it being a feat of careful chemical engineering.

Report

What’s Really in a Can of Coke?

America’s most problematic beverage is also one of its most brilliant—at least in terms of it being a feat of careful chemical engineering.

As Malcolm Gladwell observed in a seminal article in The New Yorker years ago, Coke and Pepsi seemlessly blend the major flavor groups to create a perfectly balanced beverage that palates are unlikely to grow tired of. The abundance of sweetness is kept in check with sour flavors from the citric acid, spicy notes from the secret “natural flavoring,” and just a touch of salt. So that’s why we drink it so much.

Check out how those flavors break down by ingredient above and then find out what happens to your body when you stop drinking soda in our exclusive report.

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