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Have you ever boiled soft drink and what happened

2017-04-28

Have you ever boiled soft drink? This might seem to be a very odd question to ask. Frankly speaking, no one boils soft drinks. They drink them chilled. However, since the question has come up, let us just see what can happen if you boil soft drink.

Before trying to enact the boiling process, let us examine the contents of a soft drink. Usually, you find the following ingredients in a soft drink bottle. In fact, the manufacturers of the soft drinks have to declare their contents explicitly.

· Carbonated water makes up the maximum composition of a soft drink.   

· You can find sugar in abundance in every kind of soft drink.

· In addition to sugar, you have high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, citric acid, and natural flavors. The flavors could be orange, lemon, cola, etc depending on the nature of the soft drink.

Thus, one can conclude that a soft drink primarily consists of water and sugar.  

Now, let us come back to the question as to what can happen if you boil soft drink. The best way to know the answer is to experience the project.

Take a bottle of soft drink and pour it into a stainless steel container. Place it over the stove and ignite the flame. After about five minutes, you can see the liquid boiling in the same way water does. The water will start evaporating soon leaving behind sugar. Have you ever tried to heat sugar crystals?

The molecular formula of sugar is C12H22O11. Thus, you can see that sugar contains 12 Carbon atoms, 22 Hydrogen atoms, and 11 Oxygen atoms. On heating sugar, the hydrogen and oxygen atoms escape into the atmosphere leaving behind carbon. Carbon, by nature, is a black colored tasteless substance.

You can observe the same phenomenon while boiling soft drink. After the evaporation of the water and the acids, you have the sugar residue. On continuous heating of sugar, the hydrogen and oxygen atoms mix with the air and leave carbon as the residue.

Therefore, when you boil soft drink, you get the carbon residue. It would be viscous in nature initially. However, with continuous heating, the carbon loses the trapped water molecules and starts to harden into a black colored mass. This black colored mass resembles the tar that you see on the roads. The resemblance ends there. That does not mean that soft drinks contain tar in any way.        

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