Water Or Soda?

water_sodaOne of the most frustrating things that I have to try to get people to do is stop drinking soda, despite the fact that it rots teeth, discolors teeth, causes bad breath, makes you fat, and dehydrates you, and causes you to crave even more calories!  I have heard a million excuses to why people still drink it!  I recently posted a similar article that got people thinking.  Click here to check it out.

I want to thanks Patricia Roehl for sharing this with me.  I am not sure if every statement in the coke section is correct, but I am guessing it is!


#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?


water1#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 thetoilet 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. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7. 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.

#8. 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.


#1 the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years! Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?

or Coke?

I want to hear from you!  Why do you drink soda?  Or have you been able to kick this awful and destructive habit?  How did you do it?  How do you now feel?


  1. We have replaced soda years ago with fruit juice sweetened drinks like IZZE or a more natural soda sweetened with cane suagr. Used as treats only. Water is still #1 for us, but when we need to lift the fog of adulthood/parenthood we reach for Whole Leaf Tea. The caffeine in tea can give die hard soda drinkers that buzz they want without the sugar or the crash.

  2. Sunday M Burquest says

    Hi Dustin! I recently gave up Diet Coke for a diet I am following. 3 weeks into it, I had a headache and as I reached for the ibuprophen I realized that I hadn’t used any in the past 3 weeks. This may not seem like a big deal, but I was taking it EVERY day for headaches. I am convinced that I am no longer having headaches because I have not been drinking Diet Coke. I am, I mean I WAS a heavy DC drinker! I also deal with restless leg syndrome which has also gotten WAY better. I was always one to say, “blah, blah, blah” to the warnings of drinking Diet Coke. All, I can say is I know quiting has made me feel a world better!

  3. I’m completely soda free. First I gave up HFCS and all “sugar alternatives” which left me with “natural sodas.” Then as I read more about brominated vegetable oils and other artificial colors and flavors that fell into the “other” category that was allowed even in natural sodas, I started having a twist of lemon, lime, or orange in sparkling water. Now I just really enjoy a glass of good, clean tasting water as I find it hits the spot and I buy 5 gallon bottles of water. My children only ask for water or milk and on the occasions that they ask for soda because they see other kids drinking it, I read the list of ingredients to them and ask them if that’s what they want to fuel their bodies. They say that juice tastes “sweet and thick”, so water it is!

  4. WooHoo!! Tomorrow is 13 months with NO SODA!!! It hasn’t been easy, but reading things like this make me glad I stuck with it. 🙂

  5. I am a water and tea drinker (although possibly not enough water) and it makes me feel so much better. Occasionally I drink pop at social events as a treat, and it makes me feel icky and tired.

  6. I may be over weight, but I have never been a drinker of regular soda and stopped drinking diet soda about 10 years ago. I almost always just drink water. I even stopped drinking other diet drinks like Crystal Light. I will drink tea, sometimes chai if I’m out having coffee with someone (I don’t do coffee either), and maybe half the time I have tea I will sweeten it with honey or agave syrup. At parties is usually the only time I drink soda because it’s all they have 🙁 Juice is an occasional treat as well, but not ones with added sugar.

  7. Thanks for the info! I just took a couple big gulps of my H2O!

  8. I gave up soda in January cold turkey on Dustin’s advice. I too had headaches which are now gone and I also rarely get the afternoon fatigue I had been having probably due to the 20oz diet coke I was drinking every day with my lunch coupled with some other bad food habits.

    Thanks for posting this Dustin. It’s a good reminder to skip the soda.

  9. H2O to the rescue… away with the soda my friends! In addition to all that i have always been wondering about the matabolic process of breaking down carbonated sodas in general, it simply does not seem healthy.

  10. Check out Metromint water for a natural non-sweetened option that still has flavor and kills “hunger” similar to how brushing your teeth does. It’s a very awesome product (particularly the chocolate flavor – like a thinmint cookie with none of the bad stuff). It only has 3 ingredients – purified water, mint, and a flavor essence (lemon, spearmint, chocolate, cherry, orange, etc). It’s at WholeFoods and some Copps (maybe other places). Not really cheap though, but a current fave of mine. That and sparkling mineral water.

    Do research on content above though. The post is an email chain forward from 2001 and is almost all false. Snopes.com, ADA (dental association), and most reputable medical sites disprove most of the info above. Snopes in particular has had an exact copy of the text above in place since earlier this decade.

    I agree with the message, but definitely do your own research before accepting info as fact (or forwarding to other people). Sodas, and diet sodas are bad for other reasons (too much caffeine, too much sugar or artificial sweetners, eat tooth enamel, weaken teeth, etc), but stay away from the “sensationalized” news on the products as most are false.

    Here’s some additional factual info on coke:
    1. Coke has less citric acid than orange juice.
    2. The concentration of phosphoric acid in Coke is 12 grams per gallon (0.25% of formula)
    3. Natural gastric acid in stomach is much stronger than any acids in any sodas.
    4. Most of the coke bullet points would work better with regular club soda (carbonic acid found in coke and club soda), besides the coke would leave a sugar residue behind.

    The 75% dehydration “fact” on ater in particular has been proven false numerous times. Also, you get more than 4 cups of water every day just from eating solid food.

    However, I 100% agree with Dustin’s core points in the post regarding healthier choices and better decisions on what you take in each day 🙂

    • Austin,

      Thanks a lot for the info, didn’t realize that not all of them are true, but I guess the principal is still true, water will always be better than soda!


  11. Wow! Water would be nice…thank you : )

  12. Nice post Dustin — 🙂

    Even if all the points about coke are not completely factual, I think we know deep down that soda is not a healthy choice. You rarely find it in our home and when we do drink it, it is always a caffeine free soda like sprite or rootbeer. Water is my primary drink. Although I have not reached the goal of a gallon a day. I have had my 20oz St. Marys Hospital mug by my side since having my son in July 07 and try to drink at least 3-4 of those a day at work.

    Here is another fun way to spruce up your water. Add a fresh slice of cucumber. Got that idea from a restaurant downtown and it is very refreshing. LuLu’s on Old University adds this essence of orange blossom to their water and I love that taste as well. They sell the bottles of it – not positive of the ingredients but it sure helps change things up a bit.

    Have a terrific day everyone – I am enjoying water, oatmeal and yogurt this morning after a hard workout with Abby. Oh and one other note, I am having vanilla yogurt today since that is what was open in the fridge. It is TOO sweet! I think I have finally been converted to a plain yogurt fan 🙂 Of course, I usually add raspberries to it. Baby Steps!

    Dawn 🙂

  13. I do appreciate the info! However, I think it’s about moderation. Very few things are truly evil once in awhile. Most Americans have a hard time with moderation though, & often think that if a little is good, more must be better! I drink Diet Coke a few times a week because I like it. I drink tons of water, like water, but like other things too. I’m making changes in my life step by step, & may one day stop the soda & artificial sweetners completely. But not just yet. And I’m ok with that.

  14. While I fully agree with drinking water over ANY carbonated beverage, I don’t like misinformation.

    While coke may be a (slightly) acidic cleaner, no one doubts that water is one of the best cleaners out there – and drinking it is probably a good idea! Orange juice is MORE acidic than Coke – but, as a side note, drinking juice is probably the worst way to get the benefits of fruit!

    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated?

    Some Coke facts… from a reputable source, Snopes.com:

    Again, I’m a water drinker, not a fan of coke or any sodas. But let’s not distort the facts!

  15. I drink lots of water everyday and I like to add a lemon to my water too. I used to drink alot of pop, now I maybe have one once in a blue moon and I dont miss it at all. It makes me sick after reading different articles how much pop I used to drink. all that sugar. Yikes. Thanks for the article.. keeps you thinking.

  16. Thanks for the info. I have cut back on soda, and this is just what I needed to cut it out completely!
    What should we know about coffee??

    My doctor advised to do a shot of unsweetened blueberry or pomegranate juice daily (for the antioxidants.) I have been adding it to water for some flavor or green tea. Give it a try.

    • Trish,

      I would say coffee in moderation, maybe one cup at tops, but I don’t think you should have to rely on any substance to get you going in the morning. Use natural foods, exercise, and proper rest to give you the energy you need each day.


  17. Kim Andrade says

    I have always drank at least 2 diet cokes a day and two coffee’s a day. I have always thought about trying to get off of both but I get tired of drinking water because it doesnt have any flavor. I find I will drink a diet coke instead of eating something. Fills me up. Thanks for making me think about trying to cut down or get off of it.

    • Kim,

      Some go cold turkey, some ween yourself off. It only takes about 3 weeks to really kick the habit. When stopping try to visualize something awful if you want to drink it. For me, I might think of soda as draino going down my esophagus and putting holes in it. Coffee I might think about fresh elephant dung that has been squeezed out into a cup. Whatever mental picture works for you.


  18. I know that the Coke statistics aren’t all true…but…

    We had a chain outside held together by a huge bolt & nut. The nut & bolt were rusted together. We tried to get them apart but they were stuck. So, we put a small cup of Coke out there and soaked the nut & bolt for a few days.

    Sure enough, it was clean and came apart so easy!

    It could be the carbonation that did it…who knows. All I know is that it worked.

  19. I have been cutting back on diet soda and have gotten to the point that it’s a rare occurance that I have one. I don’t need it and prefer water when I’m eating. Thanks for all the great cleaning tips…I’m not a Martha Stewart so I need all the help I can get. 🙂

  20. Mariyam Mirza says

    I’m not a big soda drinker, but once in a while I do crave something fizzy. I’ve found that good quality unflavored sparkling water, such as Perrier or Pelligrino, satisfies the craving very effectively. Plus, slowly sipping my Pelligrino makes me feel all elegant and sophisticated, and European 🙂

  21. Personally, I could never tolerate any sodas as a young child, which always came to the surprise of my friend’s mothers at birthday parties. They all told my mom they wished their own children wouldn’t crave the stuff and would drink milk and juice, instead. Rule # 1: Don’t allow it be an option for your kids to consume. Family members and some friends won’t always respect “radical” rules…, or at least mine didn’t…, and now even my hubby orders it for the kids even when they don’t request it. 😛

    Unfortunately–or maybe fortunately!–none of the Coke facts are true:

    Still, I hope the fact that soda is really not good for you shines through this and helps people kick the soda habit!!!

  22. A few months ago I decided to drastically cut down on the amount of Diet Coke I was drinking – purely for financial reasons (a 2L a day or more). Of note, I had been drinking nothing but Diet Coke or Coffee for almost 20 years!! Low and behold – a few weeks after I started drinking ALOT of water – I noticed my fatigue was GONE (Of note, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome). The 10 years before this is a blur of crippling fatigue, unable to work 8 hours, unable to do household tasks, unable to do pretty much anything. NOW I AM ALIVE AGAIN!! I love my H2O!!

  23. I’m addicted to soda, I can’t stop drinking it I need help I feel terrible 🙁

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