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"Nutrition Goes Better with Coke"

Uploaded: Mar 17, 2015
An Associated Press article today, 3/17/2015, titled "Some dietitians are sugarcoating Coke", reports that "Coca Cola is working with fitness and nutrition 'experts' who suggest its soda (be thought of) as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates." Though I am not a dietician or fitness expert, I would like to share a list of 20 practical uses for Coke (many thanks to the Collective Evolution website.) Coke has gotten such a bad rap lately that it's only fair that people become aware of it's many benefits, besides those that are being hyped by those nutrition and fitness experts.
20 Practical Uses For Coke
Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container?takes a while but it does work.
Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
Removes stains from vitreous china.
Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.
Note: Coke acts as an acidic cleaner. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.

Would love to hear other uses folks have had for Coke, especially those related to cleaning.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Mountain View,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 7:13 am

You can do all those things with vinegar which has been around for thousands of years before Coke.

Vinegar is cheaper, colorless, and doesn't contain sweeteners.

Vinegar also removes odors from laundry, just pour some into the fabric softener compartment of the detergent tray.

Drink Coke if you like it, but don't use it for cleaning. Vinegar does the job and a better value.

Posted by Max Greenberg, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

Max Greenberg is a registered user.

Jay: Thank you for the great info on vinegar. Now I can cancel my order of a case of Coke I put in for my Spring cleaning.

Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Mountain View,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

With the money I've saved you, I think you owe me a beer, Max.

Allegedly, one can also clean stuff with beer, but that's not why there's beer in my fridge. I buy beer for drinking.



Posted by Steven, a resident of Midtown,
on Mar 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm

And this:
Web Link
Cheese-like product isn't even good for cleaning. Is there any wonder people eat so poorly?

At least plant-based diets get a positive mention in the proposed USDA recommendations.

Posted by Max Greenberg, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

Max Greenberg is a registered user.

Steven: thanks for contributing your link "A Cheese ?Product? Gains Kids? Nutrition Seal" to the discussion. An article worth reading. It's unbelievable that such a non-food product (part of the "family" of non-food Kraft products) can get this kind of seal of approval from what sounds like a reputable organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As the article points out, while Kraft claims that the Academy has endorsed their product, the Academy's Executive Director says it's not an endorsement of the product, but rather a seal that proclaims that Kraft endorses the Academy's Kids Eat Right program! Do they think we are that stupid? Actually, yes they do. The processed food industry counts on our stupidity on a daily basis. Maybe "stupid" is not quite the right word. "Easily influenced by millions of dollars spent on advertising" might be more accurate.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Mar 22, 2015 at 11:02 am

>> Maybe "stupid" is not quite the right word. "Easily influenced by millions of dollars spent on advertising" might be more accurate.

No, stupid is the word.

In our "information age", look at all the noise we have blared at us constantly, and then look at how much of that has any information value at all. None. TV shows, except for PBS has zero information value, if not negative information value.

Our society and economy is based on the worship of ignorance and it is hardly any wonder why the US must import talent from all over the world, and in fact the global economy needs workers and consumers, not thinkers. People who know what's going on can react to it, and people who are intelligent can take some pretty devastating actions, i.e. 911.

We see this in our political debates every election cycle when the subjects are style, images and insults instead of anything to do with forging a real culture, because that is just for smart people, or those who think they are smart people.

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