|New Civilization News: Coke vs. Water|
Category: Nutrition, Cooking
12 comments19 Oct 2005 @ 19:52 by silviamar : don't be scared :-)
Well, as a chemist I have to make some comments about this. Coke is for sure not a healthy drink (I don't like it at all), but some of those affirmations are too exaggerated, some are true for any carbonated drinks and even for natural substances like lemon juice, and some others are not true at all.
Phosphoric acid is a strong acid, but only when it's pure. When you make a solution of it the acidity decreases considerably. If Coke were really so acidic we couldn't drink it because it would burn our mouth and throat. Phosphoric acid is used as an acidulant in the coke (acidulant E 338), together with citric acid (the same of oranges), and both are present in very little amounts in many drinks and foods.
Acids in general are a good way to remove rust stains. For example simply lemon juice (citric acid) is a mild acid which can do this, and besides it's also useful to remove greasy stains, and we're not afraid of lemon juice... And the same happens with nearly all carbonated soft drinks because of the carbonic acid that they contain, coke is simply another one.
In my opinion, this text is a hoax or a urban legend. What you should all check is the amount of sugar that those cans of coke and other soft drinks have. They have around 20 GRAMS OF SUGAR PER CAN, that's too much! So for sure, it's much healthier to drink water :-)
22 Oct 2005 @ 14:19 by Enocia @220.127.116.11 : Water versus Coke
Hmmm! It all depends what filtering system you're using (excuse the pun). I happen to like both water and Coke though I rarely drink Coke.
I don't believe in RDAs. I drink water when I feel like it and mostly from the tap, which is recycled in London. I even drink water from public loos (toilets). If I feel like drinking Coke, I have some. I don't think of either as being harmful or healthy, they are just drinks.
6 Nov 2006 @ 19:43 by Brittney @18.104.22.168 : how much sugar is there?
This web site should say how many teaspoons of sugar there is in a can of coke and water...
23 May 2007 @ 22:04 by Bob Jones @22.214.171.124 : Replying to brittney
I have to question where your brain cells are brittney!!!
In pure water there is no sugar. And in case you missed silviamar comments he said theres about 20mg of sugar in a can of coke.
Silviamar, Im in agreement with you about the dilution factor with the phospheric acid however there is something to be said about the quantity that individuals are consuming, true? However because I work in a water laboratory I feel that most individuals probabaly dont even know that the reason coke companies add the phospheric acid is to preserve the ingredients within the can. Another thing this web site is not a complete hoax its just out to make coke look bad, the statments about water are true however I also heard that law inforcment officers carry around in their vehicals Mt.Dew to clean blood off the pavments too.
PS: Incase you were wondering brittney! Propel, gator aid and other similar water soft drinks are not considered pure H2O.
18 Jul 2007 @ 03:36 by Kyle @126.96.36.199 : Sources?
You cite allot of supposed studies and facts. Where are your sources? Without them this article is useless.
1 Aug 2007 @ 06:33 by johnny @188.8.131.52 : Sugar in can of coke
One can of coke at 12 oz has 39 grams of sugar, not 20 grams. See
18 Oct 2007 @ 17:26 by Jodee @184.108.40.206 : Coke vs. Water
He said "coke and other soft drinks have around 20 g of sugar" There are several sodas, juices and bottled drinks with 18g, 20g, 23g, etc. of sugar in them that you think are good for you but really are not.
17 Jan 2008 @ 17:50 by Steveo @220.127.116.11 : Coke vs. Water
btw water + reynolds wrap (or any aluminum foil) takes off rust well; This is all very silly,
26 Sep 2009 @ 12:52 by nicole @18.104.22.168 : this is a myth
this ia so not true just go to joshmadison.com
26 Sep 2009 @ 12:53 by nicole @22.214.171.124 : this is a myth
this is so not true just go to joshmadison.com
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