What the Ingredients in Coca-Cola and Pepsi Actually Do to Your Body

  • metta

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    May 15, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    What the Ingredients in Coca-Cola and Pepsi Actually Do to Your Body


    http://www.policymic.com/articles/89333/what-the-ingredients-in-coca-cola-and-pepsi-actually-do-to-your-body
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    May 15, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    I like Coca-Cola with certain foods, especially pizza (beer's a close second). But Coke messes up my digestion. I've known it for years, and doctors have confirmed it. I don't know what ingredient in Coke does that to me, but I rarely drink it. A guilty, couple-of-times-a-year pleasure that invariably wreaks havoc on my stomach.

    Interestingly I never drank Coca-Cola as a kid, or any cola, didn't like it, just other soft drinks. Maybe I instinctively knew what wasn't good for me. Wasn't until my mid-teens I picked up the "habit". Today I manage to do without colas.
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    May 15, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    Coin collectors soak their coins in Coke to clean them. Over time, it can eat the lettering off pennies. icon_eek.gif
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    May 16, 2014 5:21 PM GMT
    n8698u saidCoin collectors soak their coins in Coke to clean them. Over time, it can eat the lettering off pennies. icon_eek.gif


    lol my aunt used to clean her bird cage with Coke - it works!
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    May 16, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    I treat coke and alcohol the same. I only do it a few times a year.

    Coke and alcohol can bloat the hell out of you. And i hate the feeling of being bloated.
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    May 16, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    The Coca Cola company use Cola to clean he pipes of their vans and if you leave a sirloin steak immersed in steak within a day he steak will disintegrate so is it really a surprise that it's bad for us. I only have it with vodka at bars but that's it lol.
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    May 17, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
    There was a time when I would drink an enormous amount of Diet Coke, but I gave it up. I now have Zevia once in a while to avoid the both sugar and calories in standard soda and artificial sweeteners in diet soda, but even the Zevia is only occasionally and never more than one in a day, because carbonation causes my stomach to severely bloat.
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    May 17, 2014 5:56 AM GMT
    Just the aspartame in diet drinks makes my skin break out in hard eczema bumps. Can't imagine why my tenant refuses to give up his diet coke habit. He buys multipacks from Costco.
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    May 17, 2014 10:24 AM GMT
    About a decade ago, some farmers in India used Coca cola as pesticide, for the actual pesticides are too expensive at that time for them and coca cola seemed to them the best and the cheapest toxic chemical available which can be used as a pesticide or more like its alternative. And surprisingly, it really did worked.

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    May 17, 2014 12:33 PM GMT
    Coke related story: I was taking a 6-month course for Army Captains, that required long hours in classrooms, seated at large common tables. The school contained a snack bar, and we could bring food and drinks into our room. To stay awake & alert during hours of boring lectures we drank a lot of coffee and Coke.

    After a few months of this I started to get severe stomach cramps. I visited an Army doctor who ordered tests. The day came for the results, and I saw him in his private office. He barely acknowledged me as I entered, waving me into a chair while busily writing away on a prescription pad.

    Finally he spoke to me, just before handing me the prescriptions: "These medicines will make you as comfortable as possible in the time you have left."

    A little startled, I asked: "You mean before I finish my Advanced Course and get reassigned?"

    "No, I mean you're terminally ill with renal failure. You probably have about 2 years left before your kidneys totally shut down. There's one test I don't have the results for yet, but I expect it will confirm this diagnosis. See me in 10 days and I'll let you know, then get you started on treatment. Sorry I had bad news for you."

    I gathered bedside manner was not one of his stronger courses in medical school. But strangely I wasn't really phased, didn't panic and lost no sleep, just went about my normal routine for the next 10 days, despite having been given a death sentence. (I was to get another terminal diagnosis a few years later, obviously both erroneous, but they have prepared me for the day the real one finally comes)

    So 10 days later the same doctor tells me the final test did not indicate kidney failure after all, but rather severe digestive problems, likely related to excessive caffeine. We talked about what I was drinking, and he said no more Coca-Cola and no coffee. Sure enough my symptoms cleared right up without medication. And I've been sensitive to caffeine ever since, and especially sensitive to Coke. Apparently some people just shouldn't drink it.
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    May 17, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    And also, back in 2008 I was stricken by Malaria, and at that time when I wasn't able to eat anything, I drank few sips of coke which made my condition even worse. Since then to this day I never touched a single fizzy drink in my life,excluding few very very rare occasions...perhaps 3-5 times in the past 6 years and that too very negligible amount.

    And since the day I quit, I started to feel myself a lot better from physical health perspective. I'm very glad I took a strong decision to not even touch any fizzy drinks. I even suggest/advice my friends, family and acquaintances not to drink whenever I get an opportunity.
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    May 17, 2014 1:16 PM GMT
    n8698u saidCoin collectors soak their coins in Coke to clean them. Over time, it can eat the lettering off pennies. icon_eek.gif
    you can also use it to get burn out of a pan if left for i think 20 mins on boil then simmer
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    May 18, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    Ian McCulloch of the 80's band Echo & The Bunnymen used a mixture of orange juice and Coca Cola and then blow drying upside down to make his hair stand straight up.

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    May 19, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Maybe if you actually soaked your body in coca cola that might be relevant, but http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tooth.asp

    I don't recommend drinking coca cola. But I hate pseudoscience.
  • BloodFlame

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    May 19, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    Well soda is not that good for you in the long run regardless of what it is. But I understand how addicting it can. I like coke but I try to cut back. I drink a lot more water these days then I used to so I feel that's good lol
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    May 20, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    I've drinking Coca Cola regularly for years and never had any trouble with it. In fact, the amount I drink regularly is about three bottles per year.
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    May 20, 2014 6:01 AM GMT
    When I was in college I had to go to Atlanta for a work conference. I had an old Honda Prelude with over 100K. Anyway, one morning trying to run my car nothing, the battery seemed dead, so I had to call AAA.

    The mechanic came right over looked at the battery and the terminals were pretty corroded. He took some change out of his pocket and just said to me, "Get me a Coke". My thoughts were WTF what I am your servant. I did not say anything, since I was away from home (at the time was living in Jacksonville, Florida) and needed to get back. Anyway, I came back with the Coke from a vending machine, next thing I know he is pouring the Coke on the Battery terminals. It was amazing on how it just ATE icon_eek.gifthe corrosion in the terminals making them all clear.

    He then proceed to jump my car and I was able to get home. I was shocked at seeing that, and imagining what it was doing to my stomach. Anyway, I do not drink it, seldom do I do once in a while when I need sugar, but I still remember that day.
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    May 20, 2014 7:15 AM GMT
    uombroca said Anyway, I came back with the Coke from a vending machine, next thing I know he is pouring the Coke on the Battery terminals. It was amazing on how it just ATE icon_eek.gifthe corrosion in the terminals making them all clear.

    He then proceed to jump my car and I was able to get home. I was shocked at seeing that, and imagining what it was doing to my stomach. Anyway, I do not drink it, seldom do I do once in a while when I need sugar, but I still remember that day.


    That's because of the phosphoric acid. The pH level of most soft drinks is on the order of 2-4 I believe, probably a little higher than 2 though. There's also citric acid and carbonic acid in them.

    There is other stuff in soft drinks that you don't want in your body (like high fructose corn syrup and/or artificial sweeteners, and caramel colouring), but the fact they dissolve stuff isn't weird or scary. Those are pretty standard acids, and you have nothing to fear from the acids themselves (except maybe weaker enamel on your teeth if you have a bad habit of drinking lots of the stuff). Your stomach acid is around a pH of 1.5 to 3.5 or so.

    I don't know why people are so alarmed that soft drinks dissolve things, especially the lead (II) sulfate caused by corrosion on battery posts. Any acid solution makes a great solvent for that stuff.
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    May 20, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    I love caffeine free cola drinks without artificial sweeteners. I only drink a few glasses a week. There's a lot we don't know about what goes in our bodies. A few months ago some news came out about the chemical azodicarbonamide, and some companies decided to remove it from their ingredients.

    "Azodicarbonamide has several commercial uses: It is a blowing agent for foaming rubbers and plastics, a bleaching (oxidizing) agent in cereal flours, and a dough conditioner for baking bread.

    In the United States, azodicarbonamide has GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status for food use. The World Health Organization also says it’s safe. But European countries and Australia have banned its use in food products, and some European countries have outlawed it for making plastics that come into contact with food. Some studies suggest that consuming it or its byproducts may lead to respiratory problems.

    Earlier this year, the Subway fast-food chain, calling it a “shoe rubber chemical”, decided to remove azodicarbonamide from its bread-making process."

    http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/azodicarbonamide.html
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    May 20, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidNo sodas for me.

    Just clean filtered water for me, thanks.
    +1 i do like still drinks but have never really liked fizzy drinks.
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    May 21, 2014 6:07 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle said
    uombroca said Anyway, I came back with the Coke from a vending machine, next thing I know he is pouring the Coke on the Battery terminals. It was amazing on how it just ATE icon_eek.gifthe corrosion in the terminals making them all clear.

    He then proceed to jump my car and I was able to get home. I was shocked at seeing that, and imagining what it was doing to my stomach. Anyway, I do not drink it, seldom do I do once in a while when I need sugar, but I still remember that day.


    That's because of the phosphoric acid. The pH level of most soft drinks is on the order of 2-4 I believe, probably a little higher than 2 though. There's also citric acid and carbonic acid in them.

    There is other stuff in soft drinks that you don't want in your body (like high fructose corn syrup and/or artificial sweeteners, and caramel colouring), but the fact they dissolve stuff isn't weird or scary. Those are pretty standard acids, and you have nothing to fear from the acids themselves (except maybe weaker enamel on your teeth if you have a bad habit of drinking lots of the stuff). Your stomach acid is around a pH of 1.5 to 3.5 or so.

    I don't know why people are so alarmed that soft drinks dissolve things, especially the lead (II) sulfate caused by corrosion on battery posts. Any acid solution makes a great solvent for that stuff.


    At least it's not hydrocyanic acid.
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    May 21, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    I usually drink sprite and minute maid lemonaid, or fanta... so...

    are they good or bad?
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    May 22, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    leafgreen saidI usually drink sprite and minute maid lemonaid, or fanta... so...

    are they good or bad?


    ALL sodas are bad... but as mentioned i drink them every once in a while. If you have Sprite like once a week or such i think you should be fine.

    Sprite has lots of sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Sprite makes me feel bloated after drinking 2 cans icon_lol.gif
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    May 22, 2014 12:44 AM GMT
    I can only have soda every blue moon. I refuse to partake in it daily. The sugar content in it is horrendous for health.
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    May 22, 2014 4:02 AM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 said
    leafgreen saidI usually drink sprite and minute maid lemonaid, or fanta... so...

    are they good or bad?


    ALL sodas are bad... but as mentioned i drink them every once in a while. If you have Sprite like once a week or such i think you should be fine.

    Sprite has lots of sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Sprite makes me feel bloated after drinking 2 cans icon_lol.gif


    WAIT? EVEN FANTA AND LEMONAID?...

    what about those other minute maid juices?