Do you know why Ghanaians call "soft drink” mineral?
A typical Ghanaian usually call all soft drinks minerals, for some the reason is known whiles for others they are just familiar with the word. Well in this article the issue and the origin of how the word "mineral" found its place in our society will be addressed to your understanding but first let's get a clear picture of what soft drinks are.
Why are soft drinks called soft?
The “soft” in soft drinks is an adjective used in relation to a hard drink. The beverage is not soft like a pillow. Rather, it is nonalcoholic, unlike a hard drink, which is a distilled alcoholic beverage.
A soft drinks usually contains water, a sweetener, and a natural and/or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be a sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, a sugar substitute, or some combination of these. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, preservatives, and/or other ingredients. In general, soft drinks can be classified into several types including: bottled waters, carbonated water, juice, nectar, squash/syrup, still drinks etc.
(Answer) The reason why Ghanaians call "soft drink” mineral?
The earliest carbonated drinks were made from mineral water and sold by pharmacists as a medicine, as it was considered very healthy. The industrial carbonation process was actually invented as a way to artificially reproduce the natural carbonation found in certain mineral waters on a wider scale.
As the name suggests mineral water contains large quantities of magnesium, calcium, sodium, and other beneficial minerals that occurs naturally. Studies suggest that mineral water intake lowers the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and raised the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol and also mineral water helps keep your heart healthy and working.
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