Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Would You Want a Glass of Water or Coke?

I have learned the other night that our family friend, Ate, Nimfa, was confined at a hospital because of some kidney problems. We were worried. Then we all agreed in chorus that her drinking too much coke could be the culprit.

With Ate Nimfa

And how right we were!

Ate Nimfa is a person who thinks she would die without softdrinks (Coca Cola to be precise!). She drinks less water and would prefer bottles of coke.

Ate Nimfa's case is not rare. There are a lot of people who suffered from even worse complications.

This made me scan my mailbox for an email I had received some years ago (July 27, 2005).

Read on:

Coke or Water?


  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world population.)
  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
  4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?


  1. 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.
  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 Coke 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.
  4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminium foil dipped in Coke.
  5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coke over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coke to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coke into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminium foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for sumptuous brown gravy.
  8. 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 Coke 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 four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
  2. To carry coke syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
  3. The distributors of carbonated sodas have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Now the question is,
would YOU like a glass of water or coke?

NOTE: Coke here refers to ALL soda, not specifically Coca-Cola.

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