That general and pointless enough. I have no points to make. I just haven’t got any favorite soft drinks anymore. Water I can drink with lots of ice.
Caffeine issues are here: http://www.straightdope.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/000109.html
With Mountain Dew I never understood why there is brominated vegetable oil in there.
Phosphates: do we need them? Do they all have them. My doc brother in law says they contribute to osteoporosis.
All regular drinks are too sweet for me. Some 3/4 of the sugar currently used would still taste sweet to me.
The new sweetener in Pepsi 1 tastes awful to me. I used to drink nutrasweet drinks for several years. This is worse.