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This fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question, "Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"

Full details on how to enter are posted to our contest Web page. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2010.

This entry is by Rajat D. 


A hot summer's day, a hammock in the backyard, and a refreshing soda in your hand is simply wonderful. Since the beginning of soda, Americans have adopted this beverage as a typical part of their lifestyle. A simple idea as carbonated, colored, and sweet water has revolutionized the soda industry. We see soda engraved into our culture, our politics, and our media. Imagine grasping a cold drink, popping the can open, closing your eyes awaiting the sweet soda to reach your mouth, taking the small initial sip, and exhaling a tone of satisfaction. This feeling one gets from soda, is priceless. Although there are many health defects to soda, the bliss and complacency from soda is absolute.

From the polar bear in Coca-Cola to the squiggle on Pepsi, soda is recognized as a worldly beverage. The original and successful recipes for sodas are known around the world. In America, we see how soda is a vital part of our culture. From a super bowl party to a simple get-together, sodas have drastically modified social interactions as well. For instance, soda has changed the vernacular of many areas. In America, we refer to soda as "pop." In India, people refer to soda as "cool drink." In different parts of the world, soda has been transformed. Australia's unique grape soda is more popular. Introduced only in the UK and Gibraltar, Orange Coca-Cola was a hit. Limca, Thumb's Up, and Coca-Cola are top contributors to the soda industry in India.

As you can see, the perception of "the best soda" from country to country is different. Throughout the world, people have modernized soda to form kinships. We may not realize the significance of these drinks until we realize how often we use them. For example, Coca-Cola is a part of our daily lives in America. From schools to bars, coca-cola is used frequently. Although soda may have damaging effects, we must realize that the satisfaction from soda outweighs the defects. In addition, we must realize that soda is only a serious threat when abused. Over-consumption of this drink is damaging similar to any other beverage.

The merriment derived from soda is unbreakable. For example, in the 1980's, Reagan's administration faced a peculiar situation. When Coca-Cola introduced a new line of Coke which was sweeter in taste, the public let a roar of defiance. Stating that this goes against America, this new Coke was soon discontinued. In this case, we see that classic Coca-Cola is truly a part of America. Even attempting to modify it caused a major problem. This means that people have accepted Coca-Cola as a part of who they are as well. Something as small as soda has taken over America and is a part of our identities.

To conclude, soda deserves more credit than it receives. Imagine yourself taking a long, hot, and sweaty airplane to Miami. Imagine you're under the stress of a business meeting, and it's really hot on the plane, but you do get soda. Imagine watching bubbles rise to the top and watching them pop. Imagine picking up the cold cup and taking a refreshing sip of your beverage. Now, wouldn't you want a cold cup of soda?