Carbonated Beverages
Acids and Bases

What type of acid does Coke contain?

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2011-09-13 14:47:19

Coke, (the soda, I'm assuming) contains Citric acid, which is

mostly harmless and will not devour a penny in 3 hours, or

magically obliterate mineral deposits or chew through concrete or

anything. If you're an excessive drinker though, it can inflict

damage on the enamel of your teeth. To avoid that unpleasantness,

you can use a straw or just... drink.. less.

love, tricia

Unfortunately Tricia, your answer leaves quite a bit to be


Citric acid may be harmless but Phosphoric acid, which is the

main acid used in coke (primarily because its far cheaper than

citric acid) has big shadows hanging over its safety. Various

studies have been conducted which initially showed that this stuff

had a detrimental effect on bone density (amongst other things)

Unsurprisingly, soon after this came out, another study was done,

probably commissioned and controlled by the manufacturers which

showed it was (lo and behold) actually good for the bones. Which

all just goes to that you can get whatever test results you want if

you know how to manipulate the results.

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