Dec 19th, 2011
By Connie Moreno
An educational waiting room display at West Berkeley Family Practice
Even a third grader knows that soda is bad for you.
This little four-letter word is oh-so-bad for so many reasons, but at the top of my list is that it’s full of high fructose corn syrup or better yet, artificial sweeteners (don’t get me started on this one). Because HFCS can only be metabolized by the liver, it affects the body differently than regular sugar and it is the type of sweetener that is most strongly linked to all the health problems that are associated with high sugar consumption: obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.
I recently stumbled upon this article posted on The Weston A Price Foundation website. It was orginially published on www.bachelorguy.com back in 2007. I’ve shared some of these uses with a few heavy soda drinkers and it’s been pretty effective in getting them to reconsider their beverage of choice. At the very least, I hope you all get a good laugh–some of these are pretty disturbing.
Here are just some of my favorites (go here for the full list):
Get Gum Out of a Kid’s Hair. Want to score points with that single mom struggling to get gum out of her screaming kid’s hair? Come to the rescue with your can of Coke. Soak the kid’s hair for a few minutes, then rinse. The gum should come right out.
Strip Dye From Hair. If your girl comes over crying that her new dye job turned her hair green, wash her hair with Diet Coke. Apparently Diet Coke has the ability to strip and/or fade bad dye jobs.
Get Rid of Skunk Odor. Pissed off Pepè Le Pew and now you aren’t allowed in the house? Sponge down with some cola and hose yourself off. Again, those handy acids work to neutralize the stink.
Give Your Hair Shine. Pour a can of coke over your head, work it into your hair, then rinse. It’s said your hair will be incredibly shiny. And impervious to slugs and snails.
Mousse Alternative. Mix equal parts coke and water in a spray bottle and mix well. After you shower, spray a light coat of the mixture into your hair, then style. (I’m sure having sugar in your hair all day won’t attract flies or be uncomfortable at all.)
Prevent Flatulence. Adding a can of coke to a pot of pinto beans when cooking is supposed to neutralize the gas-causing compounds. (Belching? Another story.)
Get a Darker Tan. There are those who say rubbing plain coke all over your body gives you a deeper tan. (There’s caramel coloring in there, but I question the evenness of the result, and how long it will last.)
Shell Hard Boiled Eggs. Apparently, if you soak hard boiled eggs in Coke the shells will dissolve, eliminating the need to actually have to peel them. See what you’re getting into…before you go there.
Remove Blood Stains From Clothes. Ruin your favorite shirt when you nicked yourself shaving? If you soak the stain with cola for five minutes then wash in your machine, the blood should come out. Even dried blood that’s been there for a while.
Loosen Clogged Drains. If your sink is draining slowly and you don’t have any drain cleaner in the house, pour a 2-liter bottle of cola down the drain and let the acids go to work on the clog.
Make Flowers Last Longer. Got your girl some flowers and you want them to survive through the week? Pour about 1/4 cup of clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up into a vase full of water. Sugar helps them last longer.
Kill Slugs and Snails. If these pests are invading your lawn and garden, pour a little Coke into shallow dishes or jar lids and spread them throughout your yard. The sugar attracts them, and, just like you remember from when you were a kid, the acid kills them.
Greener Lawn. It’s rumored that spraying Coke on your grass will keep your lawn greener into the fall months.