The little buzz a person gets from drinking a soda may not be the caffeine. French researchers have discovered alcohol in Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
The National Institute of Consumption, which is based in Paris, found that more than half of popular sodas contain traces of alcohol.
The study, which appears in the French magazine 60 Million Consumers, states that alcohol levels are about .001 percent in the drinks. The amount is so low that people really won’t feel the effects of it. (Most beers are about 5 percent alcohol.) But it could have implications for some religious groups. Conservative Mormons and Muslims typically abstain from all forms of alcohol.
Neither Coca-Cola nor Pepsi are denying that their products contain trace amounts of the drug. Coca-Cola says the alcohol could “come from the process” of creating the drink. Pepsi stated: “Some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used.”
This is not the first time Coca-Cola has come under scrutiny for its ingredients. It is estimated that, early in the beverage’s history, the product contained as much as 9 milligrams of cocaine.