Lithiated Lemon Soda (7up)

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Soft drinks contained much popularity during the supposedly alcohol-free 1920's. In the earlier part of the century, people believed that carbonated beverages could cure common ailments, and soft drinks were marketed as a fun, refreshing beverage during the era of Prohibition.

The formula for the lemon-lime soda later called 7up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg of the Howdy corporation in St. Louis, MO. The product was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lim Soda and contained lithium citrate, a mood stabilizer. The drink was first sold in St. Louis in 1928 and then was granted federal patent under the name Seven Up in 1929. In 1931, probably due to lithium's ability to counteract cluster headaches, a Pennsylvania newspaper claimed the beverage as a cure for "Morning After Toxicity." The ingredient was abandoned in 1950, as lithium was found to cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and thyroid problems.

-p.64 Excerpt from American Food by the Decades by Sherri Liberman

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