Schweppes – History and Nutrition Facts
In 1783, Jacob Schweppe invented this soft drink, after 10 years of experimenting. He also created the first industrial process of carbonation. However, he gave away a billion dollar deal two years later when he sold his formula for the amount of $2300 to Asa Griggs Candler, an American business man who founded the Coca-Cola Company.
After, this brand soon expanded the business from Geneva to England where people used the drink to settle upset stomachs and other problems of the time.
In 1945, the advertising agency S.T.Garland Advertising Service Ltd., London utilized for the first time the word ”Schweppervescence” to promote this beverage. In 2004, this brand had a combined 14.4% share of the carbonated soft drinks market in the US.
This beverage contains – high fructose corn syrup, natural flavors, carbonated water, citric acid, caramel color, and sodium benzoate (to preserve taste).
Canada Dry – History and Nutrition Facts
This drink originally started in 1890 as a tonic in Canada (the “Dry” in the brand’s name refers to not being sweet,) and it was produced by a pharmacist, named – John McLaughlin, in Toronto.
The same year, John McLaughlin created the carbonated “Pale Dry Ginger Ale.” Also, he invented a method of mass bottling his beverage, which led to successful sales.
During the prohibition years in the United States, it became a favorite mixer to mask the taste of the period’s harsh liquors, especially with their 12-ounce product (“The Champagne of Ginger Ales”) that sell for 35 cents. It was an unusually high price for the time but still managed to bring success.
In 1923, McLaughlin family sold the company to P. D. Saylor and Associates. They formed the public corporation which we know today.
Since 2008, this brand of soft drinks is owned by the American Dr Pepper Snapple Group and is no longer associated with Toronto or Canada. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is based in Plano, Texas, and is a corporation which also produces A&W Root Beer, 7Up, Yoo-hoo, Clamato, and numerous others.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group has nearly 19,000 employees, approximately $6 billion in annual revenues, 21 manufacturing factories, and about 120 distribution centers across North America, and it is one of the leading companies in soft drinks market.
This beverage contains – high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate (to preserve taste), citric acid, carbonated water, caramel color, and natural flavors.
It is available in many types of flavors, like – diet ginger ale, ginger ale, tonic, club soda, cranberry ginger ale (only during the holidays), and green tea ginger ale.
Verdict – Schweppes vs Canada Dry
Regarding the taste, Schweppes is very light and a little sweet, but Canada Dry is drier and crisper. Regarding their health impact, both drinks contain ingredients that possess some side effects. Let’s have a look at some of them:
It is a widely used preservative found in a variety of soft drinks and foods. According to Randy Worobo, a scientist at Cornell University, under acidic conditions, this preservative inhibits the growth of mold, bacteria, and yeast, which actually is extending a product’s shelf life.
Sodium benzoate damages the mitochondrial DNA of yeast cells, according to research conducted by Professor Peter Piper, a researcher at Sheffield University. Mitochondrial DNA is organelles which act similarly with the digestive system that takes in nutrients and produces energy-rich molecules for the cell.
Also, if you mix ascorbic acid (the synthetic form of vitamin C that is usually found in soft drinks and processed foods) with potassium benzoate (another foods preservative) and sodium benzoate, you get benzene, a strong carcinogen. Humans are also exposed to benzene from the environment, like – car exhaust, cigarette smoke, service stations, and industrial waste.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
It is a sweetener made from corn (usually GMO-corn) which undergoes processing in a facility to turn a part of its glucose into fructose, making it a lot sweeter.
High fructose corn syrup contains no protein, no fat, and no essential nutrients, and is composed of 24 percent water and 76 percent carbohydrates. Moreover, in 1 tsp of 19 grams, it supplies 53 calories, whereas, in a 100 gram serving of HFCS, it supplies about 281 calories.
High fructose corn syrup is commonly found in breakfast cereals, soft drinks, and sauces (such as soya sauce, mayonnaise, or ketchup). Food and drink producers are using it since is cheaper than sugar and does not conceal other flavors.
Some evidence suggests that consuming foods and drinks with HFCS may cause weight gain and fat storage in humans, since it is metabolized into fat in the liver, rather than absorbed and processed into glucose like sucrose or other carbohydrates are.
Additionally, because of the way that high fructose corn syrup is processed in the human body, it limits the secretion of the hormone leptin (also referred as “satiety hormone” or “fat hormone”), which is produced by the body’s fat cells. Leptin sends a signal to the brain when your body’s energy needs have been met. Without the correct signal to stop eating, we may consume more food than is required by our body.
Moreover, HFCS is strongly associated with heart disease, that can start as early as adolescence.