Thursday, March 31, 2011

Water vs Coke

Nutritionists have spoken about the 'dangers' of popular soft drinks, and Coke is no exception. There's an article doing the rounds online called 'Coke vs Water' which I cross-checked with my dietician, and she supports all the points being made.

(Author Unknown)
About Water:

  1. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  2. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  3. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  4. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzz short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  5. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
About Coke:

  1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. (Unproven, however, it is reasonable to assume that it's true since phosphoric acid can dissolve rust and grease and was used by the steel industry to clean products.)
  2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days. (Unproven, but fun to consider.)
  3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. (Source:, the popular household hint guru Mary Ellen says some coke in the toilet for an hour can do the trick.)
  4. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China. (Source: Columnist Heloise)
  5. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. (Source: According to Joey Greene's )
  6. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. (This is true of a lot of carbonated beverages.)
  7. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes. (, the popular household hint guru Mary Ellen)
  8. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap 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. (Source:, the popular household hint guru Mary Ellen)
  10. Coke will also clean road haze from your windshield. (Unproven, however, it is reasonable to assume that it's true since phosphoric acid can dissolve rust and grease and was used by the steel industry to clean products.)
  11. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days (Unproven). Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis (Source: UC Davis Health System).
The most obvious problem with Coke is of course the high sugar content. Also, keep in mind that most soft/fizzy drinks have phosphoric acid, so this would not just apply to Coke.
I stopped drinking these liquids almost 4 years ago. And I would agree to each and every benefit that water gives over soft drinks. However, keep in mind that there are 'superior' liquids than simply just having clean H2O.
Organic Chinese Green Tea, Cinnamon Tea (made from fresh cinnamon bark), Ginger Tea (made from freshly cut ginger pieces); and 'EM' water - these liquids actually flush toxins from your body and restores balance.


  1. Hmmm, I must remember to buy a 2 Litre next time shopping for the household cleaner cupboard :)

  2. See, Coke is actually very useful!! Just don't drink it! haha!

  3. wow I am an avid Coke fan...Cherry Coke Zero, but do drink a good bit of water....thanks for this information....learned some very interesting facts today :)