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10 Industrial Uses for Coke Which Prove it’s Not Fit for Human Consumption


Coca-Cola is recognized across the globe as the most valuable brand in history, as well as the second most recognized phrase in the world after “hello.” In many place across the globe purchasing a Coke is ironically easier and less expensive than accessing clean water.

Although Coke attempts to portray itself as a socially and environmentally conscious company, the reality is that it’s deeply connected to pollution and water shortages.

Additionally, the acidity of Coke has led many to question the toxicity of the product, relating to long-term human health, as its pH rating is only one point higher than that of battery acid.

In a study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, researchers found that individuals who consumed at least one soda a day had a 44% higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome during the four-year study.

The team studied more than 2,400 middle-aged white residents of Framingham, Mass., specifically focusing on the more than 1,600 people who showed no signs of metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the study. These individuals were then tracked by the researchers for at least four years.

Those who drank at least one soda per day also had:

  • a 31% greater risk of becoming obese;
  • a 30% higher risk of having a larger waistline;
  • a 25% higher risk of developing high blood triglycerides or high blood sugar;
  • a 32% greater risk of having low levels of good cholesterol;
  • a trend toward an increased risk of high blood pressure.

In a separate study, it was revealed that people face a 48% increased risk of heart attack or stroke when consuming one or more sodas per day, as compared to those that don’t drink it every day or at all.

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Soft drink consumption has also been linked to respiratory disorders such as COPD and asthma.

10 Household Uses for Coke

Although seemingly not good for the human body, the extreme acidity of Coke makes it work as an excellent cleaning agent.

To give you a better understanding, a pH of 0 to almost 7 is in the scale is acidic, while from 7 to 14 is alkaline on the scale. To put things into perspective, the pH level of battery acid is a 1, with pure water having a pH of 7.

In tests done on the acidity levels of Coke, it was found to have pH levels as low as 2.5.

Consequently, it can clean surfaces as well as (and often better than) many toxic household cleaners.

Here are 10 uses of Coke as a domestic cleaner , which show it isn’t fit for human consumption.

1. Remove rust: methods include using fabric, a sponge, or even aluminum foil dipped in Coke.

2. Remove blood stains from clothing and fabric.
3. Clean oil stains from a garage floor: let the stain soak, hose off.

4. Clean burnt pans: let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
5. Clean your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
6. Make pennies shine: soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.

7. Remove stains from vitreous china.
8. Clean your toilet: pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.

9. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.

10. Strip paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.

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Coca-Cola is obviously a product that has many wonderful uses. Although the record indicates that the best uses of this product are not associated with consuming it!

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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  • Since when did “hello” become a phrase. ?

  • Why the fuck are people always trying to tell others what to eat and drink?

    • To save your life man…

    • Lol

    • Because diabetes and heart disease are now the leading causes of death in the Western world and are totally preventable.

    • Yeah I get that not drinking it is good for your health but so is minding one’s own business…

    • Eric Edblom,,,,we love you. So please don’t drink

  • I’m drinking a Coke right now and it’s fucking delicious.

    • And it’s very bad. Try Q kola, it’s very good and not cloying like coca cola.

  • Can YOU believe this? Fb won’t let us reach our fans unless we pay. We can beat this though if everyone who sees this post ‘likes’ it (y), Comments on it (even 2 words) and Shares it!

  • Another snopesworthy post by The Free Thought Project. Pffft

  • #BernteShares

  • Just curious, but are other cola’s as bad as Coke? Can Pepsi or RC do the same things that Coke can?

  • But it’s the real thing.

  • We already know how bad soda is. Jesus christ, make me feel a little more bad about the shit I drink, would ya?

  • test test

  • 10 industrial uses for water prove that it’s unfit for human consumption then

    • water is used in nuclear reactors, so therefore unfit for humans

    • how about unfit for morons , that might solve two problems at one go

    • Dihydrogen Monoxide is super deadly. If you breath it in it is almost certain death. For christ sake we have to ban it!

    • Hell yeah. It’s the main ingredient in Roundup too

    • Profound point Jason 😉

  • Yeah, but, it tastes so good with JD!

  • All soda and energy drinks are unfit for human consumption in my opinion.

  • I never, ever touch the stuff.

  • Idiotic, bullshit fear-mongering.

  • How bout telling the people about the chemical compound that is the main component in acid rain, causes erosion of fertile soils, and kills in very high numbers. I’m, of course, talking about H2O (water). Anything can be described to evoke fear in the masses. Your scare tactics are bullshit.

  • Great battery terminal cleaner

  • Muriatic acid, like other acids are fit for consumption at moderate levels. With this logic, vinegar and other commonly used cullinary chemicals shouldn’t be consumed.

  • Hmm…what about vinegar then?

  • Juana Maqueda

  • Lol yep

  • I work for Coke… Everybody knows it’s bad. Yes you should drink water instead, but it’s not gonna kill ya, unless you’re a diabetic.

    But let’s not pretend that people haven’t been drinking it since before 1900.

    • Did the ingredients remain the same in 1899 till today? I know I can google it.

  • So many people in denial here lol

  • Ban it, but make it available on prescription for hangovers.

  • My stomach acid is way stronger than coke so this post is bull.

  • As healthy as I try to eat, I have to have me a nice cold can of coke at least once or twice a month. My wife is vegan and I’m health conscious, watch many documentaries on the food and agricultural industries. Everything’s poisonous in some manner. You can tell me they use coke to melt the welds on a battleship and I’m still going to enjoy it every so often.

  • I work for coke too. Good till the last drop.

  • Oh sh*t how has lemon juice and vinegar gone under the radar for so many years then? Illuminati confirmed.

  • It strips rust like nothing I have ever see

  • Water has a multitude of uses as a domestic cleaner. Does that mean it is unfit for human consumption?

  • I wonder if it removes paint. I would use it as a mosquito repellent but then the flies may get stuck to me.

  • Cola is very nasty poison, and the diet stuff is worse. For those people that enjoy drinking poison, good luck to you…

    • There is little hard evidence that diet soda has any real negative health effects as compare to non-diet soda.

    • There is lots of it. All you have to do is look.

    • It’s not poison but OK

    • Google aspartame and see how good that stuff is for you then ask if diet anything is good for you.

    • There’s no evidence for those who love phosphoric acid. Yummy.

  • Water is used to cut steel, therefore unfit for human consumption.

  • Lily Ordung

  • Martina

  • Lemons also have an acidic pH. Are they unfit for human consumption?

    As an actual chemist with an actual degree in chemistry, I can tell you this is garbage. The list basically relies on the acidity of Coke. Guess what, your stomach acid ranges between 1.5-3.5. Your entire body pH is acidic. Bases are objectively more damaging.

    Understanding specific reactivity is important. CuCl will dissolve aluminum quite violently, but has no effect on plastic or glass. Different molecules react for very specific reasons. Bases and acid neutralize each other, usually producing heat or other by product.

  • Tony Street get it down ya!

  • Years ago i heard of people using coke for giving tires a wet look

  • Not saying Coke is good for you, but tea-infused water takes rust off metal. No one will stop drinking tea because of this.

  • Stomach acid is more corrosive and is alreddy in out bodys its unfit for human consumption cause it has was to much sugar in it

  • Does coke clean stains from the teeth? Or does it just rots em!

  • Use coke to clean an industrial restaurant grill when you run out of degreaser

  • Damn, I was hoping it would kill and clean the mold on my bathroom tiles 🙁

  • It’s the best thing to clean cooker hoods

  • A free thought project under attack by paid thoughts, perhaps? No? I’ve drank Coke but it must have been better with real coca! Cocaina! Cocaine.

  • I prefer pepsi XD

  • Read: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/acid.asp
    My Free Thought tells me you people have lost me as a reader 😉

    • Who is to say snopes.com is 100% accurate and unbiased? Just a thought

    • If Free Thought is going to reduce itself to The Onion…. oh well …Snopes does not have to be perfect…..just basically informative and mostly correct. I’m satisfied with that.

  • Let’s all drink beer instead 🙂

  • Steve Owens

  • ☆☆Coke is an american tradition,so what if it is harmful,all the processed foods we eat are alot worse!!!!!!Besides you can drink it and clean you pots and pans….Hahaha. …☆☆

  • ‘cheap’ cleaner

  • Really guys this shit again none of this proves it’s not fit for human consumption at all

  • Best way to get diabetes and loose ur teeth

  • Coke and Pepsi! Good drinks! 🙂

  • Drinking one (16oz can) as I read. Yum

  • Naomi Ritchie 😉

  • Here are 1000 industrial uses for water. Yawn…

  • Moderation… don’t sit there and drink 24 of them in one day.

  • Callan Richards soooooo bad!!!!!

  • but wouldn’t it get everything all sticky? I don’t want to use the crap for anything…especially drinking!

  • Still going to drink it no fucks to give here.

  • Let’s not forget the fact that it removes battery acid

  • Amber Kennedy-Murphy

  • Complete idiocy. Anything with citric acid can be used as a cleaner. This includes lemons, oranges, and grapefruit. Take a Science class you dumbass.

  • Your stomach acid can eat through a car. Read a book.

  • 10 industrial uses for vinegar prove it is not fit for human consumption. Did you know it contains acetic acid?

  • I use coke and soda water for cleaning. Lets say it sometimes works better than chemcial strength degreaser.

  • Citric acid can be used as a cleaner , I still eat citrus fruits

  • You can also do the same thing with lemons and limes and all acidic foods, should we ban those too

  • I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but I love Coke

  • I get it coke isn’t healthy. Doesn’t mean it’s not safe however. Vinegar can also be used for multiple purposes yet safe for human consumption.

  • Is TFTP becoming buzzfeed? -sigh-

  • Kumbirai Mutamba Doug Backhouse

  • Water, vinegar, baking soda, alchohol, etc., etc., are used as cleaners also. Does that automatically mean they are totally unfit for human consumption also? Not supporting drinking soda pop, but this is kind of lame.

  • Robert Föhlinger Derinsu Er

  • All soda, energy drinks, processed food, gmos, antibiotic meat, really all meat, and all fast food are not good for you. Ppl won’t accept due to cognitive dissonance, prefer to live asleep and unaware of the horrific practices of modern farming

  • So disgusting great rust cleaner though

  • Another really stupid post.

  • Anton Leo

  • Alee Hernández

  • Stomach acid is worse. I’m managing ok with that so far.

  • I did the toilet one, I DID NOT WORK!!!