What most people do not know is that Coca-Cola has been around already since the end of the 19th century. Originally invented as a medicinal product, it was intended to replace addictive opiates after the Civil War. The inventor of the first Coca-Cola, John Pemberton, claimed that his “medicine” is able to cure also other diseases like dyspepsia, neurasthenia, impotence and headaches .
Moreover, the first Coca-Cola actually contained real cocaine with an amount of five milligrams per glass. However, until 1903 this production method was neglected and from 1904 onwards Coca-Cola was produced using “spent” leaves, which are leftovers from cocaine production, containing a reduced amount of cocaine . Nowadays, Coca-Cola is produced using cocaine-free coca leaf extract.
Taking its history into account, it is really amazing what other uses they are for this product in our households. Wisebread has listed some practical and interesting examples of how you can use Coca-Cola. Even though, these examples are not scientifically proven, most of them are proven through problems in our daily lives.
Furthermore as described on PreventDisease.com, sodas like Coca-Cola may have serious results on your health condition, which seem very alarming.
Please be aware that these examples and studies do apply also to Pepsi-Cola, RC Cola, etc. We used the example of Coca-Cola throughout this article due to its historic importance.
However, take a look at this interesting facts. Does this mean that Coke is bad for you? What do you think?
Results of sodas on your health
The carbonation in Coke causes calcium loss in the bones through a three-stage process:
- The carbonation irritates the stomach.
- The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.
- The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most Coke is it also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). This substance also causes a drawdown on the store of calcium.
So Coke softens your bones (actually, they make them weak and brittle) in three ways:
- Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
- Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
- The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.
Esophageal cancer was very rare two generations ago–now, it’s common. The basic mechanism works as follows:
- Mechanical damage to cells is a huge risk factor for cancer. It’s why asbestos particles, for example, cause lung cancer.
- All soft drinks cause acid reflux (stomach acid rising up past the esophageal valve). This is more pronounced when the body is horizontal (as in sleeping), but the sheer volume of Coke and soft drinks consumed in the USA means the acid reflux is well past the danger point. Any time you ingest a gassy drink, you are going to get belching–and acid into the esophagus. How much is too much? The research doesn’t say where the limit is–it only shows that most of us are far, far, far past it.
- Stomach acid dissolves tissue–that’s its purpose. The stomach lining does not extend into the esophagus, so the lower esophagus gets damaged by acid far more frequently in soft drink users than in non soft drink users. This results in a radical increase in cell mutations, along with a far higher level of free radicals.
50 examples of how you can use Coca-Cola
- Remove grease stains from clothing and fabric (I had to start there)
- Remove rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil.
- Remove blood stains from clothing and fabric.
- Make gooey Coke funnel cakes .
- Clean oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
- Loosen a rusty bolt; pour on some Coke and wait for the magic to happen.
- Kill slugs and snails; a small bowl of Coke will attract them, the acid will kill them.
- Help a lawn become lush and green (see my lawn tonic article here )
- Prevent an asthma attack! Apparently, the caffeine in two 12oz cans can prevent the onset of an attack.
- Defrost a frozen windshield. Apply liberally and wait (I’ll see if this works in winter)
- Clean burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
- Descale a kettle using the same method in 11.
- Neutralize a jellyfish sting.
- Clean car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
- Cure nausea; let a can of Coke go flat then take a teaspoon of Coke every hour.
- Also, flat coke can help relieve an upset stomach (aka “the runs”)
- Make a Mentos & Coke exploding fountain. This one takes a 2-liter bottle of Coke.
- Get rid of hiccups; gargle with a big mouthful of ice-cold Coke.
- Shake up a can and pour it over your windshield to remove bugs and other crud.
- Use the method in 19 for your car bumpers, too.
- Clean your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
- Relieve congestion; boil and a can of Coke and drink while hot to clear you up.
- Make a sweet BBQ sauce. Mix a can of Coke with ketchup and brush over ribs or chicken.
- Baste a ham roast with Coke as it cooks. The sugars will caramelize; the ham will be moist.
- Add a can of coke to your pot roast to tenderize it and add extra flavor. (Thanks Linsey).
- Make pretty pennies; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
- Make your hair curly; pour flat Coke onto long hair, leave for a few minutes then rinse.
- Age documents and photos; for that antique look, apply Coke, pat with paper, leave to dry.
- Clean tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
- Mix a can of Coke with a packet of Italian seasoning; cook a tough steak in it.
- Make better compost; Coke increases the acidity, adds sugars and feeds microorganisms.
- Dissolve a tooth in it; Use a sealed container, this takes ages. Why would you want to though, unless you’re Hannibal Lecter?
- Remove gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
- Get silky skin; mix a spoonful of Coke with regular lotion and apply liberally.
- Make low-fat brownies .
- Pour a little in a cup and set it out an hour before a picnic, away from your site; it will attract wasps and bees so they’re not bugging you and your grub.
- Remove stains from vitreous china. More info on vitreous materials here .
- Got a dirty pool? Add two 2-liter bottles of Coke to clear up the water (it acts as rust remover).
- Add Coke to your laundry to remove bad smells, especially fish.
- Remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
- Mop a floor with Coke to make it sticky. It’s a movie industry trick to stop actors slipping.
- Remove marker stains from carpet. Apply Coke, scrub, then clean with soapy water.
- Clean a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
- Apply to skin for a deep tan (although this seems like a recipe for skin cancer to me).
- Supposedly, drinking an 8oz can of Coke every day can prevent kidney stones.
- Add it to a Sloppy Joe mix
- Perk up your Azaleas or Gardenias.
- Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
- Strip paint off metal furniture; soak a towel in Coke, sit it on the surface for days. Make sure you keep adding Coke to keep the towel wet. (Seems like a hassle, I’d rather buy paint stripper.)
- Add it to vodka, rum or bourbon.