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Jul 16, 2001 05:09 PM

Water vs. Coca-Cola

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I received this in a chain letter e-mail today. Any comments?

Water and Coke. . . interesting, now drink up!!
We all know that water is important but I've never
seen it described like this before.
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75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population)
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In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is
so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
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Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's
metabolism as much as 3%.
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One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pains for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
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Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
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Preliminary research indicates that 8-10
glasses of water a day could significantly
ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of
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A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger
fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic
math, and difficulty focusing on the computer
screen or on a printed page.
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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.
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Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

COKE You'll never drink it again:
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In many states (in the USA) the highway
patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
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You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
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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. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
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To remove rust spots from chrome car
bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled
piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in
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To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
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To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth
soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
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To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, And run through a regular cycle.

Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric
acid. Its Ph is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail
in about 4 days.
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2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate)
the commercial truck must use the Hazardous
material place cards reserved for Highly
corrosive materials.
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The distributors of coke have been using it
to clean the engines of their trucks for
about 20 years!

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  1. I've heard wild stories about Coke for years. The part about water may be exaggerated. I don't know. But I believe in drinking a lot of water, at the very least, 8 glasses a day. I went on a hike one time, on a not very hot day, and the leader cautioned us not to allow our urine to show any color. If it did we should step up our intake of water. That made an impression on me. Of course, like anything else, one can over-do on water consumption. But I don't think 8 glasses in the course of a day would harm anyone. pat

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    1. re: pat hammond
      Caitlin McGrath

      Au contraire, Pat, we're always hearing that *everyone* should xdrink at least eight glasses daily. Water makes up the vast majority of my liquid intake, and for specific health-related reasons, I'm basically required to drink at least that much. It is especially important to drink water when you sre exerting yourself physically, because in that situation, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrating. Drinking a large amount can dilute your sodium and potassium levels too much, though, which is why aid stations for long-distance runners often offer pretzels and bananaz. In truly extreme cases, too much water drunk too fast can literally drown you, by thinning the blood pumped into your brain too much. I can't remember the term for this, or the term for a specific psychiatric condition that actually leads people to overconsume water in just this way--no kidding.

    2. see my reply on not about food

      1. I'm not buying much of that article/report, at least that Coke distributors use the stuff to degrease engines. What a sticky mess. It does clean battery terminals well.

        I teach some firefighting classes, in heavy bunker gear and at high temperatures. The kids who pass out invariably have "hydrated" with soft drinks.

        1. The Urban Legends people de-bunk the purported dangers of Coke -- see link.

          I can't recommend the site ( highly enough -- EVERY chain email I've received that "helpfully" warns of some horror has been proven false. They also provide some examples of how passing on false info via the internet can do more harm than good.