Leonard and Sharon Wojno practice sustainability and wellness in their daily lives- Vegetarian and user of alternative nutritional therapies, and user of alternative house products. Sharon holds medical and nutritional certificate along with Masters of Science in Remedial Reading and Special education. She is operator of quantum mechanics health devices and advocates mystical practices. Leonard graduated from Stony Brook University in New York and took postgraduate courses at Radford University in Virginia. For the last decade he worked as a homebound school teacher for Rocky Mount Public Schools.

(Part 4 of the 5 Part Series on The Dangers that the Soda Ecosystem poses)

Now, why are we mentioning these in specific?

So that when you go shopping for a drink the ingredient label is so small and there are so many numbers given and very few descriptive names.  I wanted to make it easy for you to see exactly what you are drinking, so you can make a choice based on your own intuition.

 PepsiCo Pepsi went through a controversy in India dealing with: Water usage, pesticide regulation and a short-lived ban in Kerala.  The Pepsi company dates back to 1893 with its origin in the USA and Caleb Bradham, a pharmacist, as the inventor.

Some of the major PepsiCo brands are as under:


  • Carbonated water,
  • High fructose corn syrup– (This is provided in other countries, but in India it says “sugar”.)
  • Caramel color – Sulfite Ammonia caramel IN 150D Class IV
  • Phosphoric acid- E338
  • Caffeine -. Where’s the amount?
  • Sodium Citric acid E331 and 330 Citric acid
  • Added flavor- Natural flavouring substances – Which one?

Please Note: Pepsi has been reported to produce: weight gain, dehydration, panic attacks, habit forming, emotional fatigue, and may cause diabetes, etc.



  • Carbonated water,
  • High fructose corn syrup ( 77 gms of sugar –19 tsps. in a 20 oz bottle)
  • Concentrated orange juice
  • Other natural flavors. What kind?
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium benzoate
  • Caffeine – Amount not given?
  • Sodium citrate.
  • Gum arabic
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Calcium disodium EDTA
  • Brominated vegetable oil.
  • Yellow 5


  • Carbonated water
  • Caramel color – Sulfite Ammonia caramel IN 150D Class IV
  • Aspartame (E951) and (E950) Acesulfame Potassium (ace k)
  • Phosphoric acid E338
  • Sodium benzoate 211
  • Caffeine- Amount not given?
  • Sodium Citric acid E331 and 330 Citric acid
  • Added flavor( Natural flavouring substances – Which ones?



  • Carbonated water
  • caramel color Which one?
  • Acidty Regular 330 Citric acid Phosphoric acid E338
  • Sucralose E955 Aspartame & (E950)Acesulfame Potassium (Ace K
  • Caffeine
  • Sodium benzoate 211
  • Permitted natural colour 150D sulphite-ammonia caramel
  • Added Flavour (Natural Flavoring Substances) Which ones?
  • Not recommended for children. No sugar added.

7 UP

  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar 11.2 g/100gms and which ones?
  • Acidity regulator (E330 Citric Acid ) (E331 Sodium citrate) (E296 DL Malic acid)
  • Preservative E211 Sodium benzoate
  • Added flavors (Natural flavor substances) – Which ones?
  • No fruit


  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar – 13.8 gm sugar per 100 gm serving. Which ones?
  • Stabilizer IN445 Glycerol ester of wood rosin
  • Preservatives IN211 Sodium benzoate.
  • Permitted colors IN110 Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S, FD& C Yellow 6
  • Added flavor (Natural flavoring substances) Which ones?
  • IN1450 Starch sodium octenyl succinate




  • water
  • Mango pulp (19.5%)
  • Acidity regulator (330) citric Acid
  • Permitted class II preservatives: 211  Sodium benzoate, 224 Potassium metabisulfite, 202 Potassium sorbate
  • Antioxidiant INS300 Vitamin C
  • Synthetic food color 110 Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S, FD&C Yellow 6
  • Added flavor [nature-identical flavouring substances (mango)].

  Remember Vitamin C and sodium benzoate creates benzene which causes cancer.



  • 9% apple juice concentrate equivalent to 12.7 reconstituted
  • Contains no caffeine
  • 21 gm of sugar in 160 ml
  • Carbon dioxide(290)
  • Acidity regulators Malic acid 296 and citric acid 330
  • Permitted class II preservatives: Sodium benzoate – IN 211 , potassium metabisulfite -IN224, potassium sorbate -IN 202
  • Antioxident 300 which is ascorbic acid ( vitamin c)
  • Natural colour – 150D Sulfite Ammonia caramel Class IV
  • Added flavor (Nature-Identiical Flavouring substances (Apple)

This product combines Benzoic acid and vitamin c which creates benzene and may affect the nervous system, cause DNA changes and increase cancer risks.  Says keep away from sunlight.




  • Purified water
  • Carbone dioxide (E290)
  • Salt
  • Reconstituted apple 10%
  • Acidity regulator (E330 citric acid)
  • Class II preservatives (E211 sodium benzoate )
  • permitted natural color (E150D class IV sulphite-ammonia caramel,)

Synthetic food colors

  • E102 Tartrazine, FD&C Yellow 5 synthetic yellow azo dye
  • E110 Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S, FD&C Yellow 6.”
  • E129 Allura Red AC, FD&C Red 40-
  • E133 Brilliant Blue FCF, FD&C Blue 1 –
  • Added flavours (natural and nature identical flavoring substances (JEERA–Cumin Seed) What are the other flavors?

COCA COLA COMPANY  – Coca cola formula dates back to 1886, with its origin in the USA and John Pemberton as the inventor.  In 1885 he created coca wine as a substitute for morphine, because he became addicted to morphine in the American Civil War and it contained wine and cocaine. During prohibition he developed a nonalcoholic version of the coca wine and named it Coca-Cola. Asa G. Candler bought it when it was sold in 1886 and founded the Coca Cola Company. Its brands are:



  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar In foreign countries either sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup) but in India listed only as “sugar” (33gms per 300ml)
  • Acidity Regular 338 Phosphoric acid
  • Caffeine – How much?
  • Caramel 150D class IV sulphite-ammonia caramel
  • Added flavours (Natural flavoring substances. [Which include coca leaf extract. These flavorings are locked up in the SunTrust vault and thus you do not know what you are drinking.]


  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar – 42 gm per 330 ml (Which ones?) Is over the daily allowance.
  • Acidity regulator (E330 Citric Acid ) (E331 Sodium citrate) in Europe, etc. but in India it is Stabilizer IN445 Glycerol ester of wood rosin and IN414 Gum Arabic  and IN 338  Phosphoric Acid.
  • Preservative (211) sodium benzoate.
  • Synthetic food color 110 Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S, FD&C Yellow 6
  • Added flavours (natural & nature-identical flavouring substances). Which ones?


  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar 12g per 100ml
  • Acidity regulator (330 citric Acid) &r (331sodium citrate)
  • Preservative (211) sodium benzoate
  • Added flavours (Natural flavoring substances. What kind?
  • Internet adds possible GMO’s.  Is not sustainable as they wipe out natural varieties of plants.

To see more ingredients in your Flavor sodas please see our next and final article: “Ingredients! What is in Soda and Alternatives Part V.”

(Single-use water bottles contains 2 to 44 microplastics per litre, while returnable bottles (designed for collection under a deposit scheme) contains 28 to 241 microplastics per litre)

Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes; please consult your health practitioner     




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