Description: Few brands are as powerful, lucrative and widely recognized as Coca-Cola. Surveys have even suggested that it’s the second most popular word worldwide, behind “hello”, and reigns indisputably as the world’s most popular beverage. Invented back in 1886, there are approximately 1.6 billion gallons of the drink now sold every year across over 160 countries. While it might be tasty and refreshing, the soft drink colloquially known as coke is comprised of an acid-filled chemical cocktail with ingredients more commonly found in products that one would never think to guzzle down their throat. These ingredients and additives don’t exactly make coke, which boasts an acidity level comparable to battery acid, a particularly health-conscious beverage choice. Regular consumers of the fizzy soda are put at risk for developing an addiction to caffeine and a deficiency of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin A. It has also been associated with strokes, cardiac arrests, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.