Sprite was originally a Fanta flavor. In 1959 Fanta released a lemon-lime flavor, and it was rebranded & became Sprite in 1961.
Moxie is the oldest bottled soft drink in the U.S. Founded in 1884, 2 years before Coca-Cola, it originally claimed to have “cured drunkards by the thousands”. Once widely available, it is now mostly found in New England. In 2005, Moxie was named the State of Maine’s official soft drink.
Drinking soda could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study. But here’s the more surprising part: so could fruit juices.
“Mountain Dew” was originally slang for mountain-brewed moonshine. And the soda was originally sold as a whiskey chaser.
In 1993, Coca-Cola created a soda for the dystopian future, called OK Soda, which came with its own manifesto, and the slogan, “Everything is going to be OK.”
7-up, a popular soda, once contained Lithium. The popular beverage once contained the mood stabilizing drug, which is still widely used today in treatment of mood disorders. Lithium (#4 on the Periodic table) has a molecular mass of “7” and is a mood stabilizer for schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder – essentially “Up” your mood. Thus the brand name “7-UP.” The drug was removed from the formulation in 1950.
Five-year-olds that have four or more servings of soda daily are 100% more aggressive than those five-year-olds that don’t drink any soda according to a study by Columbia University.