Is Water Better Than Soft Drinks?

The question about drinking water and almost any other liquid is always being discussed.  One of the usual “options” for drinking water – colas – has been studied a the University of Washington.  The result will open your eyes!

Hot off the internet – Are soft drinks better than water?

Editor’s note:  You get the strangest stuff from the internet – don’t you.   One of our clients sent this – asking me to comment.  Since the information was without attribution, we’ll take it at face value.

And, for the producers of Coke, I don’t know why the anonymous author picked you out of all the “dark soft drinks” because the issue is universal for all the soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid.   And, just to add my 2 cents, I use one of your competitor’s products to take the “bug goo” and rust spots off of the stainless steel nose of my horse trailer.

Water Versus Coke

Facts about Water

  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (50% the world population is too.).
  2. 37% of Americans thirst mechanism is so weak that it is 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 is 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 – 10 oz.  glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and reduce the risk of developing  bladder cancer by 50%.

Now, let’s take a look at soft drinks – but 1st …

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Soft Drinks

  1. In many states 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 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  6. Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
  8. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


  1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. .  analysis:  active is a stretch, but it is a major ingredient in Coke and other ” soft drinks”.  Check the label.
  2. It will dissolve a nail in about four days.  analysis: we tried it, it’s true.
  3. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis. analysis: Phosphoric acid will affect bones – it is one of the contributors affecting bone.  Diets consisting of acidic foods, which are the main constituents of the Standard American Diet (SAD) are another.  Optimum pH is 7.3 – if your pH falls too far below (say 6.5), besides osteoporosis, other health challenges are probable.  more on pH here »
  4. To carry Coca-Cola syrup, (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.  analysis:  unsubstantiated
  5. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!  analysis:  unsubstantiated and probably puffery.  However, if it’s true it’s better for the environment than commercial solvents used to remove grease.  We’ll try it and see.  But, “dark soda” keeps my trailer clean and shinny!

So the question is:  “Can I offer you a glass of water?”



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