Quenching Bubbles or Cold Wetness?

by Sherry Riter in Health

I have a few vices that I hang onto because so far, they have been too hard to give up. I’ve revealed one bad habit (click here).

I used to have a bubbly one that quenched my thirst on a daily basis.

Diet Coke

Here are a few very interesting facts…


  1. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will eventually dissolve.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  5. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes..
  6. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy. Also check out the recipe for Coke Baked Beans.
  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. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
  8. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid, however, it is not very concentrated in the Coke products that we drink.
  9. Coke contains less citric acid than orange juice.
  10. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
  11. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!


  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)
  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
  3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism 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 drink every day?


Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or Coke?

Maybe you want a change of pace from plain water? Did you know that there are also water recipes to change it up a bit?

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1 theTsaritsa July 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I drink so much water during the day, I swear I'm running to the bathroom every hour! I like a cold glass of diet coke every once in a while, particularly with pizza.

I agree that not enough people drink their fill of water. Whenever someone asks for a health tip I say "Drink plenty of water every day!"


2 Kat from California July 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

I went to a demonstration on what liquids are higher in acid than others. Evidentally our bodies, to stay healthy, need to be alcyline. Anyways, it says that sodas are so acidic that it takes 6-8 glasses of alcyline water (that has been processed to make it more alcyline) to neutralize the soda in our bodies. What is also wild is that most bottled waters aren't good for us either. I still crave sodas!! I was drinking cherry coke earlier because I was thirsty. I should know better and just drink water.


3 Making It Work Mom July 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

I am a Coke drinker from waaaaay back. It is the only soda I like to drink and I absolutely crave it. In my quest to wean myself off my Coke habit I have started drinking iced tea and hot tea, but nothing beats that first sip of ice cold coke!


4 Marlene July 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

I mostly drink decaf iced tea. I used to be a diet Coke fiend! While doing Wt. Watchers I really worked at getting all of my water in. I found that I didn't crave the diet Coke so much. These days I probably drink 2 cans a week.


5 French Country Cottage July 23, 2010 at 2:27 am

New follower here- Hi!
I used to drink soda A LOT but haven't in years. I love to drink water and used to be really good at drinking TONS during the day… after reading about the good benefits of it again, I am going to try to get back to getting the amount I should. I know I get fuzzy in the mind sometimes, but always attributed that to hormones!!! Maybe I just need more water!
Thanks for the info!


6 LenzLove July 23, 2010 at 3:36 am

Oh my word this is crazy!! Really?? The toilet thing I might have to try just to see it 🙂

I had to stop by and say Thank You! You were one of my first Google friend connect readers and I truly wanted to say Thanks! I visit your blog often but need to start commenting..yep, I will be commenting more.
Wishing you a blessed week.
****headed to get that coke now!


7 gaelikaa July 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

Fascinating as always…xx


8 More Milestones July 23, 2010 at 6:59 am

Oh, I love me some Coke too… that didn't sound right but you know what I mean. Maybe I'll be able to pass on pasta if I imagine it cleaning a toilet bowl.
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9 JadeLD July 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

I'm not a big coke fan, or any fizzy juice actually! But I do love the ham cooked in coke – it really works, so yummy!

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Have a lovely day,


10 Taking Heart July 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I use coke to unclog (disclaimer: nasty story alert) nasal-gastric tubes in patients at the hospital. Sometimes their gastric juices, food, med crumblesk, etc… all combine to clog up the fat tube that I have so carefully shoved up a person's nose and down their throat into their stomach quarters….

Thank God for coke… pour a little bit down… and it erodes the mucky stuck mess and clears the pipe! A Christmas miracle!

Great post!


11 Teresha@Marlie and Me July 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I haven't had a soda in over 5 years. not since I saw a man use a can of Coke to clean goop off a car battery. I couldn't stop thinking of the corrosion in my body. I'm paranoid like that.
I try to drink my 8 glasses of water every day and if I get less than that I feel crummy.


12 Len July 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Wow thanks for sharing this recipe…will probably try it next weekend. Thanks for adding me on blogfrog. I'm following your blog now…I'd like to laugh a little bit sometimes 🙂


13 Root July 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I like it, thank u very much 🙂

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14 Bossy Betty July 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

So sad you are addicted to that stuff. Me? I believe in healthy living. Give me Diet Pepsi!!!


15 notesfromnadir July 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Those pictures had me wanting BOTH! Actually, Coke will just make you thirstier & you'll want more & more of it. Water is a genuine thirst quencher.

But try eating pizza & drinking water…Coke is the best beverage choice here!


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