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mblackwell
12-14-2000, 02:44 AM
I have read that Coke is pretty acidic. If this is true, why is it used to treat stomach aches?

Nanook of the North Shore
12-14-2000, 04:27 AM
I haven't heard this before, but if its just the syrup being used then its not acidic. The acid comes from the carbonation(basically weak carbonic acid).

PharmBoy
12-14-2000, 07:58 AM
Qualifications first: I'm a pharmacist.

Calling Coke syrup "medicine" is overstating it a bit, but it does have some carmative properties (in other words it soothes your stomach). I'm not sure if anyone knows why, but it is thought that it's due to the combination of phosphates and glucose. In fact, you can buy something called "phosphorylated glucose" OTC which is basically the same thing without the yummy taste.

Finally remember that most sodas were invented by pharmacists or physicians, and were at first considered "tonics".

About the "acid" - yes, Coke is acidic, but so are a lot of foods. The acidin Coke is a weak acid; in fact it is thousands of times weaker than the acid produced by the stomach itself.

Johnny L.A.
12-14-2000, 08:15 AM
When I was very little, my dad would give me Coca Cola syrup to cure nausea. Once when I was sick I remember him taking me to the drive-through at Jack-in-the-Box and getting some Coke syrup. It always did the trick.

I doubt you could do that now. The employees probably wouldn't know how to just get the syrup, and they don't care enough anyway. No idea where to get Coke syrup except for a fast-food place or a restaurant.

Hello Again
12-14-2000, 10:51 AM
Johnny, at my pharmacy they have it "over-the-counter-but-behind-the-counter" ie, they have it but you have to ask. Your local pharmacy probably has some too, just not on the shelves. I don't think its very expensive.

vanilla
12-14-2000, 10:58 AM
Oh my, I used to LOVE that stuff.

Spectre of Pithecanthropus
12-14-2000, 12:02 PM
I've also seen cola syrup at some health food/ herbal stores. It's not "Coca-Cola" brand, but essentially the
same.

I have always found regular Coke(TM) to be
soothing when I am nauseous, but for some reason it has to be the kind with sugar rather than diet which I usually drink. I guess the sugar mentioned by PharmBoy as a constituent of what he sells is important.

mongrel_8
12-14-2000, 01:07 PM
You can get syrup at fast food stores fairly easy. On the soda machines where you push a button to dispense your own, if you take off the cover to the specific soda you want (it should pop off if you pull on it) there is a lever in the back that when pushed will just dispense syrup and nothing else. It is very interesting having a syrup soda. :D

Moirai
12-14-2000, 02:06 PM
My grandma was a firm believer in using Coke syrup to soothe your upset tummy.

Funny that usually, if I'm going to drink some kind of soda for my tummy, everyone tells me to drink 7-Up!

MsRobyn
12-14-2000, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by javaman
I've also seen cola syrup at some health food/ herbal stores. It's not "Coca-Cola" brand, but essentially the
same.

I have always found regular Coke(TM) to be
soothing when I am nauseous, but for some reason it has to be the kind with sugar rather than diet which I usually drink. I guess the sugar mentioned by PharmBoy as a constituent of what he sells is important.

When I was younger, my mother used to use Karo syrup for nausea. A couple spoonfuls worked like a charm.

Robin

Eve
12-14-2000, 02:41 PM
Coca-Cola syrup is brilliant—there's always a bottle in my fridge.

Great for nausea—IF you don't chug it from the bottle! What you do is chop some ice (crawling into the kitchen and doing it yourself, if you're a a spinster like me). Pour two tablespoons of syrup over a cup of chopped ice, crawl back to bed (resting for a moment on the living room sofa) and spoon your way to un-nausea!

Johnny L.A.
12-14-2000, 07:24 PM
if you're a a spinster like me
*hug*

Here. Have a spoonful of Coke syrup, my treat.

Doug Bowe
12-14-2000, 08:13 PM
When I was a little kid (and Jack Benny's TV show was live) our family Dr. told my parents to give a spoonful of Coke syrup for an upset stomach.



Of course, our family Dr. also smoked Luckies (cosponsor of the live Jack Benny Show).

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