Coca-Cola is probably one of the most popular soft drinks in the world! Whether you use it to make Rum & Coke cocktails or sip it just by itself, it’s become an integral part of our beverage. But did you know that the entire Coca-Cola company, as well as the drink itself has been mired in controversy and mystery since it started?

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These are the 5 darkest secrets about Coca-Cola that will surely shock you to the bone!

Cocaine

Originally called Pemberton’s French Wine Coca, Coca-Cola used to contain a mixture of Peruvian coca leaves, kola nut, damiana, and cocaine mixed with alcohol! It was only in 1903 that they started removing Cocaine from the ingredients because of racially-promoted fears among white society!

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Merchandise No. 5

The drink became completely cocaine-free in 1929, but even to this day coca leaf extract is used as an active ingredient! Ecgonine alkaloid, which gives cocaine its accelerating effect on the brain, is extracted from the leaf and the remaining coca leaf extract, referred to as Merchandise No. 5 is sold off to a US pharmaceutical company!

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Colombia

In 2001, a lawsuit was filed against the Coca-Cola corporation by the United Steelworkers Union and the International Labor Rights Fund alleging that 9 union members had been assassinated by “death squads” at the time of the lawsuit!

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Fanta

Fanta was invented in Germany in 1941 and was rumored to have supported the Nazi party! Due to embargoes, Coca-Cola Deutschland, their most successful foreign operation, was no longer able to acquire the ingredients to make Coca-Cola, and instead of stopping production, they created a new drink with domestically available ingredients—Fanta Orange! After World War II was over, all Fanta profits were turned over to Coca-Cola, along with the Fanta product line.

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Coke Addiction

Rumoured to be highly toxic and addictive for years, few people know that 30-year-old Natasha Harris of New Zealand died an unnatural death, allegedly attributed to her 2 gallon-a-day Coke addiction! Including caffeine, and extremely high levels of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, Coka Cola is supposedly just as addictive and dangerous as heroin! High fructose corn syrup can cause heart attacks, strokes, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, and even Cancer!

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You’re certainly gonna think twice before you pick up the next bottle of Coka Cola now, won’t you? Meanwhile, I’m gonna have to find something else to make my Rum cocktails with. Sigh.

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