“How much sugar is in cola” experiment
How to detect sugar in classic and diet cola
The world’s most famous drink is not as simple as it seems! In this simple experiment you will learn to determine how much sugar is contained in cola.
This is a safe experiment. Be careful when working with heating devices.
Warning! Only under adults supervision.
Reagents and equipment:
- classic cola;
- diet cola;
Any cola contains various substances which give it a characteristic taste, aroma and color. The main ingredients of classic cola are sugar and water. As the water evaporates, the mixture thickens and forms a black mass resembling tar. It mainly consists of caramelized sugar. Diet cola (or cola without sugar) has no sugar in it. Instead, it contains sugar substitutes, which are much sweeter than sugar, so a much smaller quantity of them is required to give the colas the same sweetness. As a result, we see a much smaller amount of residue than in classic cola.