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INTERESTING FACTs   f/Crown Financial Ministries Newsletter  dd: 2/28/01 
Americans drink an average of 182.5 gallons of liquid each year.  [182.5 x 16 cup/gal]/365 = 8 cup/day. 
The largest consumption (55 gallons) is carbonated soft drinks.  [55 x 16]/365 = 2.4 c/d 
Tap water (25 gallons) follows soft drinks.   [25 x 16]/365 = 1.1 c/d 
Bottled water (24 gallons). [9/21/06] According to the Beverage Marketing Corp., Americans drank more than 7.3 billion gallons of bottled water in 2005, more than 24 gallons per person per year, placing it second only to carbonated soft drinks as the most-consumed beverage. And among the most important reasons we drink bottled water is that we were afraid of getting sick from tap water.  Is bottled water safer than tap water?  Not necessarily. In fact, tap water is far better regulated and treated than bottled water.  [ GoogleSearchCurrent ],  [24 x 16]/365 = 1.05 c/d

The water consumed is way below the 8-10 glasses of water recommended!   See No. 1 below. Many nutritional experts discourage the consumption of excessive amounts of soft drinks because of the high sugar content or artificial sweeteners and chemicals. 
Interesting information. ...... from email dd: 1/26/01 , C. H.
Subject: Water vs. Coke (and most other sodas)      see also: http://www.amys.com/lemonslice/lunchbox/index.php
  Soda is Liquid Candy!http://www.cspinet.com/smartmouth/articles/soda.html
 We all know that water is important but I've never seen it written down like this before. 
1.  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world pop.)
2.  In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 
3.  Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. (If MILD is 3% what is % chronically?)
4.  One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-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. ( 2% is 2 lbs./100 lbs. of body weight. 2 Lbs = 4 cups water.)
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 every day?
See also: SODAS, COFFEE (caffeine & 500 carcinogens? ),  SPORTS DRINKS: http://www.amys.com/lemonslice/lunchbox/index.php

        Here's an example: 
        "Active girls who drink cola drinks are five times more likely to have had bone fractures than girls who do not drink soda, according to a study published by Grace Wyshak of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine." 
        "A survey of 460 ninth and tenth grade girls found a correlation between drinking soft drinks and having broken bones.  Girls drinking carbonated beverages were three times more likely to have a broken bone than girls not drinking them.  Prior research has found that caffeine leaches calcium out of bones, leading to increased incidences of osteoporosis in the long term.  This study attributes immediate damage to the phosphoric acid in colas.  For more than a century your scientists have known that workers exposed to phosphorus suffered more broken bones.  Sixteen-year-old girls currently consume an average or two-plus 12-ounce soft drinks daily.  For boys, intake tops three 12-ounce soft drinks daily."
The following is bogas according to: Snoopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/acid.asp
COKE,  No wonder coke tastes soooo good: 
 1.  In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. ( I thought they called the fire department. )
 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 the toilet bowl and ....... Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric phosphoric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china. 
 4.  To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:  Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. ( I am suspicious that this would make the bumper worse after the next rain.)
 5.  To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.  ( Water will do the same.)
 6.  To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.  ( I just don't like this one.)
 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 the ham is finished, Remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.  ( I would think that the phosphoric acid would leach out the aluminum into the gravy.  Besides being a poison aluminum has been linked with Alzheimers.) 
 8.  To remove grease from clothes:  Empty a can of coke into a 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.  Its Ph is 2.8.   It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. ( However other articles have listed the large amount of water needed to restore the body's Ph to normal after drinking a coke.)
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials. 
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years! (Don't get it on your paint.)
   Still Want To Drink Up?

See also: Sugar Consumption to Diabetes Connection:  neprimer.com/ePress/Sugar+Diabetes.html ,
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