Everyone in the world(everyone sensible at least) drinks soda pop. Soda covers things like Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, or anything else that is sugared and carbonated. Soda has been around for an extremely long time, first being patented in 1819. However, soda didn’t rise into popularity until around the 1890’s when it was discovered it was better used as a drink instead of a medicine. Why did I choose soda pop? Simply because it is delicious. There isnt a place in the world where soda can’t be drank. Additionally, there are tons of types of soda, even some that are possible to create yourself which leaves a lot of room for experimenting. For me, not a single week will go by without at least one soda, it’s just a refreshing delicious drink. Now, in soda, it is easy to see chemistry in the making. Just by a glance it is easy to see bubbles floating to the top. This means there is carbonation happening, proving there is a chemical reaction happening. However, there is much else that goes into making the average soda drink.
Composition of ...
Mostly, Soda is made of Carbonated water and High Fructose corn syrup. However, most companies need to cover up their tastes from competitors so most just contain “natural flavors”
High Fructose Corn Syrup:
The two main ingredients in Soda Pop are mostly carbonated water and high fructose corn syrup. Chemically, carbonated water is better known as carbonic acid that has simply been created by pumping carbon gases into water.(H2CO3) As seen by the composition, water is present(H2O) However, CO2 or carbon dioxide is also present. When these two combine it creates carbonic acid, an essential ingredient in soda to make it “bubbly”.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is made by refining in a sense the sugar that naturally occurs from corn or sugar beets. The kernels that are harvested from corn are crushed into a liquid, from there the liquid has natural enzymes added into it producing a chemical reaction within this “corn paste...stuff”. This reaction produces fructose from the natural glucose in corn. Fructose is written as C6H12O6. The now broken down liquid is passed through activated (reacting) carbon and is filtered. What results is an isotope of HFCS(High Fructose Corn Syrup). However, in order to be used as a sweetener for soda pop, the isotope must be combined with another isotope of HFCS. After then, the process is complete and it can be used for soda pop.
Potentially more chemically factual information on caffeine(sorry for use of wiki)
picture of hyper-caffeinated cat.
Process of producing High Fructose Corn Syrup
About the Author
Brendan Patrick Wiser is an average student at Billings Senior High School. He is Irish, sports a fantastic red beard and spends most of his time on a computer. However, he is planning to go to college and possibly “get out more” whatever that means.