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FOR COKE LOVERS

Coca-Cola (or Coke) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:
1. Remove stains from chinaware.

Soak stained chinaware in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.
2. Remove marker stains from a carpet

Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy clean-up.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans

Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.
4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle

Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.
6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces

Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer

If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.
8. Effective slug pesticide

If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease

Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.
10. Clean your toilet

Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again

Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.
12. Coke + aluminium foil = clean chrome

Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminium foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent

Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.
14. Remove blood stains from clothes

Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary)

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair

Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean up oil stains from floors

If your car leaves oil stains on the garage floor, get it fixed. Afterwards, pour some Coke on the stains and let it soak for a few hours, then rinse it off with some water


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Latest Research: SUGARY COLAS – LEADS TO EARLY PUBERTY

I often advise my parents to cut colas and fruit juices.

Well, here is another vindication of that wisdom.

According to a very recent Harvard Research, Sugary drinks can lead to early periods

Colas and Sugary drinks have a high glycemic index than naturally sweetened drinks such as fruit juices. High-glycemic foods result in a rapid increase in insulin concentrations in the body. Higher insulin concentrations can result in higher concentrations of sex hormones and large alterations in the concentrations of these hormones circulating in the body has been linked to periods starting earlier. Greater caffeine intake has also been associated with earlier periods.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sugary-drinks-lead-to-early-periods/1/415927.html


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NEWS FLASH: PEPSI AND CANCER CAUSING 4-methylimidazole CHEMICAL

What exactly is 4-MEI? It’s a compound formed during the production of some caramel coloring agents and is found in colas, beers, soy sauces, breads, and coffee, according to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Under a state law called Proposition 65, California requires manufacturers to label toxic substances. And the state added 4-MEI to its list last year after “studies published in 2007 by the federal government’s National Toxicology Program showed that long-term exposure to 4-MEI resulted in increases in lung cancer in male and female mice,” the state environmental website said.

A report released just before July 4th by an environmental group seems to have gotten lost in the holiday weekend haze, despite findings that link cola and cancer. Pepsi continues to sell sodas made with 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI—ruled a carcinogen last year by the state of California—according to the Center For Environmental Health.

The nonprofit group noted that Pepsi sold inside California had been reformulated to comply with state rules about the substance, yet drinks sold outside the state continue to include higher amounts of 4-MEI, which helps give the company’s cola drinks their caramel hue. The group found little to no 4-MEI in Coca-Cola (KO), which has switched to a modified caramel coloring.

In a response published in the Center for Environmental Health’s report, PepsiCo said its “coloring suppliers have been working on modifying the manufacturing process to reduce the amount of 4-MEI,” adding that drinks sold in the rest of the U.S. will have reduced levels of the chemical “by February 2014.”

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the company elaborated: “We strongly refute any claim that any product we sell anywhere is unsafe. The safety of our products is PepsiCo’s top priority, and we abide by the regulatory guidelines everywhere we do business,” PepsiCo said. “While we meet the strict FDA guidelines, when the regulatory requirements changed in California PepsiCo moved immediately to meet the new requirements and, in order to maintain a harmonized supply chain, globally committed to rolling out the changes across the rest of the U.S. and internationally.”

Aside from cola, the Center for Environmental Health did not find high levels of 4-MEI in other products, in part because people generally consume more soda than, say, soy sauce, says Charles Margulis, a spokesman for the group.

Federal regulators haven’t yet sounded any alarms about 4-MEI. In an e-mailed statement, the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explained the disparity between California rules this way: “Based on the available information, FDA has no reason to believe that there is any immediate or short-term danger presented by 4-MEI at the levels expected in food from the use of caramel coloring.”

Last year, FDA spokesman Douglas Karas said a person would have to drink more than a thousand cans of soda in a day to match the doses administered in studies that showed links to cancer in rodents. The American Beverage Association denied the harmfulness of 4-MEI in 2012.

Still, the FDA says it “is currently reviewing” data on the chemical and its relationship to cancer to determine “what, if any, regulatory action needs to be taken.”

Source: Business Week, By Venessa Wong, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-05/pepsi-plans-to-drop-disputed-cancer-chemical