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Use of stimulants in formula
When launched Coca-Cola's two key ingredients were cocaine
(benzoylmethyl ecgonine) and caffeine
. The cocaine was derived from the coca
leaf and the caffeine from kola nut
, leading to the name Coca-Cola (the "K" in Kola was replaced with a "C" for marketing purposes).
Coca — cocaine
Pemberton called for five ounces
of coca leaf per gallon of syrup, a significant dose; in 1891, Candler claimed his formula (altered extensively from Pemberton's original) contained only a tenth of this amount. Coca-Cola did once contain an estimated nine milligrams
per glass, but in 1903 it was removed.
Coca-Cola still contains coca flavoring.
After 1904, instead of using fresh leaves, Coca-Cola started using "spent" leaves — the leftovers of the cocaine
-extraction process with cocaine
trace levels left over at a molecular level.
To this day, Coca-Cola uses as an ingredient a cocaine
leaf extract prepared at a Stepan Company
plant in Maywood, New Jersey
In the United States, Stepan Company
is the only manufacturing plant authorized by the Federal Government to import and process the coca
which it obtains mainly from Peru
and, to a lesser extent, Bolivia
. Besides producing the coca flavoring agent for Coca-Cola, Stepan Company
extracts cocaine from the coca leaves, which it sells to Mallinckrodt
, a St. Louis, Missouri pharmaceutical
manufacturer that is the only company in the United States licensed to purify cocaine for medicinal use.
Stepan Company buys about 100 metric tons of dried Peruvian coca leaves each year, according to Marco Castillo, spokesman for Peru's state-owned National Coca Co.
Kola nuts — caffeine
act as a flavoring and the source of caffeine
in Coca-Cola. In Britain, for example, the ingredient label states "Flavourings (Including Caffeine)."
Kola nuts contain about 2 percent to 3.5 percent caffeine, are of bitter flavor and are commonly used in cola soft drinks
. In 1911, the U.S. government initiated United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola
, hoping to force Coca-Cola to remove caffeine from its formula. The case was decided in favor of Coca-Cola. Subsequently, in 1912 the U.S. Pure Food and Drug Act was amended, adding caffeine
to the list of "habit-forming" and "deleterious" substances which must be listed on a product's label.
Coca-Cola contains 46 mg of caffeine
per 12 fluid ounces, while Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola
and Diet Coke Caffeine-Free
contains 0 mg.