Everyone knows it’s true that Coca-Cola used to contain traces of cocaine as one of the primary ingredients. But that was way back in 1885, way before anyone knew just how powerful of a narcotic cocaine really was. Of course the Coke Company no longer allows anything short of 100% de-cocainized coca leaf extract, the plant from which the drug is derived, to be used as an ingredient in their immensely popular soft drink.
But what if I told you that you could like walk to your nearest grocery store and pick up a can of Red Bull Cola, which is made with coca leaf and contains traces of actual cocaine? Well chances are that all of you snort-heads out there would run out, grab around 63 cans, and mop something for the next 12 hours.
It is due to this fact that Red Bull’s “all-natural” cola is now being swiftly pulled from store shelves in most German states. A food safety institute in North-Rhine Westphalia reported findings of cocaine traces in cans of Red Bull Cola, claiming that made the drink a narcotic as opposed to a food, warranting the need for a special license to market the product.
Despite these claims, Red Bull is opposing its authorities having this to say, “De-cocainized extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring,” and they are absolutely right.
Coca leaf is even still used in Coca-Cola today. As long as the coca leaf extract is 100% de-cocainized extract, there should be absolutely no problem at all. If there really were traces of actual cocaine found in the beverage, meaning the de-cocainizing process is not completely effectient, expect a ban in the U.S. as well, at least until Red Bull can prove they are able to remove all cocaine from their coca leaf ingredient.
Source: The Local