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SUMMER: ON DRINKING COKE AND OTHER SODA

Summer heat normally prompts people to drink water, juices or soda. Although I am not a big fan of quenching my thirst with a gulp of soda, I admit I do from time to time.

In particular, I've seen a lot of Facebook and Youtube posts about cola and the "dangers" of drinking Coke. I still drink soda despite (including Pepsi, Sarsi, A&W, etc whichever is available), and even though, initially, I believed the social media campaigns against Coca Cola in particular. I've always thought though that if they are true, how come after decades of soda intake, nothing of the sort of what I see in the videos are have to me, God forbid!

Now, here's an article for your consideration. It's up to you to believe, even partially or otherwise, or contest! Just give it a thought and I am not in any way promoting Coke consumption. Just being fair so we get to check both sides of the social media "campaigns".

Cheers! (Eric C. Maliwat)

*Claim:* The acids in Coca-Cola make it harmful to drink.

*FALSE*

*Example:* Collected on the Internet, 2001.

1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the
truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in
two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl . . .
Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean.

4. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

5. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a
crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

6. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of
Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

7. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the
rusted bolt for several minutes.

8. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan;rap
the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is
finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke
for a sumptuous brown gravy.

9. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of
greasy clothes, add detergent, And run through a regular cycle. The
Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze
from your windshield.

FYI:

1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It's pH is 2.8. It
will dissolve a nail in about 4 days.

2. To carry Coca Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must
use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly Corrosive
materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of
their trucks for about 20 years! Drink up! No joke. Think what coke and
other soft drinks do to your teeth on a daily basis. A tooth will
dissolve in a cup of coke in 24-48 hours.

*Origins:* Many of the entries above are just simple household tips
involving Coca-Cola, as provided by Joey Green in his 1995 book /Polish
Your Furniture with Panty Hose/ and on his web site.

That you can cook and clean with Coke is relatively meaningless from a
safety standpoint: you can use a wide array of common household
substances (including water) for the same purposes; that fact alone
doesn't necessarily make them dangerous to ingest.

Nearly all carbonated soft drinks contain carbonic acid, which is
moderately useful for tasks such as removing stains and dissolving rust
deposits (although plain soda water is much better for some of these
purposes than Coca-Cola or other soft drinks, as it doesn't leave a
sticky sugar residue behind). Carbonic acid is relatively weak, however,
and people have been drinking carbonated water for many years with no
detrimental effects.

The rest of the claims offered here are specious. Coca-Cola does contain
small amounts of citric acid and phosphoric acid; however, all the
insinuations about the dangers these acids might pose to people who
drink Coca-Cola ignore a simple concept familiar to any first-year
chemistry student: concentration. Coca-Cola contains less citric acid
than does orange juice, and the concentration of phosphoric acid in Coke
is far too small (a mere 11 to 13 grams per gallon of syrup, or about
0.20 to 0.30 per cent of the total formula) to dissolve a steak, a
tooth, or a nail overnight. (Much of the item will dissolve eventually,
but after a day or two you'll still have most of the tooth, a whole
nail, and one very soggy T-bone.) By comparison, the gastric acid in
your stomach's digestive fluids is much stronger than any of the acids
found in Coca-Cola.

Sources:

Allen, Frederick. Secret Formula.
New York: HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 0-88730-672-1 (p. 209).
Pendergrast, Mark. For God, Country, and Coca-Cola.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993. ISBN 0-684-19347-7 (p. 191).
Poundstone, William. Big Secrets.
New York: Quill, 1993. ISBN 0-688-04830-7 (p. 25-46).

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