Another use for coke other than engine degreasing. Who'd a thunk it!

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-05-01 10:17:19 -0500
Started 2014-11-11 22:32:04 -0600

This is for all you folks who have gastroparesis and who get the bezoars. Who'd a thunk that coke would be useful in dissolving it. And even better, one can use diet coke or coke zero as well! Check it out here

So there may be a good medical use for the stuff after all.

God's best to all y'all


41 replies

laydeebug 2015-05-01 10:17:19 -0500 Report

As a T2D with severe gastroparesis, the next time I get a bezoar (and I get them a couple of time a month), I'll volunteer to be the guinea pig and try it. I'll let you know if it works because frankly, those get SO PAINFUL it would be a blessing if it did !

Chopstix 2014-11-17 16:19:22 -0600 Report

What about Pepsi? I have never been a Coke fan. Or RC Cola, Dr. Pepper?

jayabee52 2014-11-19 07:03:32 -0600 Report

That did not come up in the article. However when I drank sodas I prefered Pepsi mainly because it was sweeter and the Coke was more acidic tasting. But actually I do not know for sure how any of those soft drinks would work for clearing Bezoars from the tummy

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:13:19 -0600 Report

When I was a student teacher many moons ago, one of the methods for calming down overly excited children was to give them about 1/2 bottle of coke. It worked!!

jayabee52 2014-11-19 07:05:32 -0600 Report

that seems counter-intuitive to me. Wonder what was the mechanism at work there?

Kats49 2014-11-19 15:20:30 -0600 Report

With children Benydrl can make them hyper, while with adults it puts them to sleep. Caffeine seems to slow them down temporarily. That was all many of them needed just to have the FULL attention of an adult for a short period…maybe it wasn't the Coke

RebDee 2014-11-13 00:43:30 -0600 Report

Please explain gastroparesis and bezoars.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-12 23:25:48 -0600 Report

Hi James I've always knew there had to be another use for coke
other than to drink for pleasure or to clean the battery acid off the
battery and cables. It's good to find out this new information. Thanks for sharing..

Michael_1960 2014-11-12 19:57:29 -0600 Report

I've always known that a coke will settle your stomach.

jayabee52 2014-11-13 22:56:03 -0600 Report

my mom always used warm slightly flat 7-up for upset tummies. We did also for our 3 sons. I guess these things run in families

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:27:14 -0600 Report

I think any caffeine free soda room temp will settle tummy troubles. My children do the same for their kiddos…it is a family thing what ever works we pass on

RebDee 2014-11-12 11:21:39 -0600 Report

When I started the educational course towards bariatric surgery, I was told NO sodas or straws at all as it added too much bubbles and air to my stomach. So I stopped my favorite things: Diet Coke and Sunkist Diet Orange soda.

Now I use Dasani flavoring in my water as I must drink daily half my body weight in ounces of water and I am finding it very hard to do as water is boring when it is the only thing I can drink. However, water is very necessary to keep my body hydrated and my skin soft and smooth and wrinkle free as the weight comes off after my bariatric sleeve surgery last August.

geniebro 2014-11-12 19:46:29 -0600 Report

I keep getting kidney stones and have to drink tons of water and get bored of it like you and also have trouble with gas when I drink through straws so I think I'll try that dasani flavoring too. Thanks for mentioning it.

birdogron 2014-11-14 16:40:35 -0600 Report

I remember over 40 years ago a buddy said to drink beer through a straw to get the effect sooner because it mixes air with the drink. Of course I was a dumb teenager. Now I'm thinking I was not so dumb!!!

josep maria
josep maria 2014-11-12 09:38:59 -0600 Report

The diabètic people when have a Good glucose level control the Gastroparesis go better.
It is good to eat in small amounts and soft.
In my opinion Coke "Sugar Free", can help You, but it'is only a sensation, the best is to speak with a Doctor and may be to change diet. Is not an small problem.
Good luck!!

jeopardy3 2014-11-12 09:21:05 -0600 Report

I drink diet coke all the time. I love the Cherry coke and I always have some in the fridge. been type 1 for 46 years now and when I was first diagnosed at age 11 they only had Shasta out on the marked. so I only drank the Cream soda and the Black Cherry. loved them. but now I have all kinds of choices and I love it.

GabbyPA 2014-11-12 05:53:06 -0600 Report

So is it the cola or is it the bubbles? I know that I have cola in my fridge that is actually a medicine to prevent nausea. It's not Coke-a-Cola, but just cola syrup. It was recommended by our pharmacist, as my husband often suffers with tummy troubles. It helps him a lot

Raul-1967 2014-11-12 15:42:12 -0600 Report

Well, there are more 'natural' things that help. A friend who is a chemist explained to me that the issue with Sodas…any Soda is the acidity, not so much the sugar…which don't get me wrong, it is an issue. But for health, even the 'Diet' sodas, like some clinical reports have recently come out, these ones are even worse because of the chemicals in them, and proven to not help reduce weight. The main issue is that, from my Chemist friend: the body needs at least 9 glasses of water to 'neutralize' the effects of the acidity.
For the 'stomach issues', try baking soda with lemon. In big table spoon, put half of each and drink it… it has to be a little fast because of the bubbles. Or you can be creative and add the lemon once you put the backing soda in the mouth :-) anyway, it really helps with acidity in the stomach (digestion, etc. even better than Toms).

GabbyPA 2014-11-13 06:06:01 -0600 Report

His issue is upset stomach, not acid. But this sounds interesting.You say to drink it, I am presuming you put it in a glass of water? I know also ginger is very good for it. I keep that on hand as well.

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:31:52 -0600 Report

I use ginger specifically for tummy issues, but is also a great anti inflammatory. For a sore throat try 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and ginger each mix in a medium size bowl with 2 tbls. honey add hot water… let steep drink all day until the ache goes away…

GabbyPA 2014-11-15 06:18:55 -0600 Report

I will have to remember that one. I had not heard of cloves doing that. Besides, it would make the house smell great. LOL

jayabee52 2014-11-12 09:50:35 -0600 Report

Howdy Gabby
What they think is the acidic formulation closely mimics stomach acid which dissolves the bezoars. They say in the article that not every sufferer was helped in this way. They also say that they don't know the exact mechanism of action, but it worked for a good number of folks.

I do know that when I was able to drink cola I preferred pepsi to coke since coke seemed too sharp and acid tasting.

I should not drink any "cola" or "pepper" like drinks for the reason that they have phosphoric acid in them. (the very thing to which may cause the bezoars to dissolve) I have to watch my intake of phosphorus because of kidney disease.

God's best

birdogron 2014-11-14 16:43:22 -0600 Report

Hi James. Just a hello to you. I see notifications of your posts in my email. Kind of got a little lazy. Now that I've got neuropathy, I can see something else to watch out for. Thanks for the input my friend.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-11-11 23:42:27 -0600 Report

I'm sorry, this doesn't pass the test of being correct…
"While the researchers couldn't fully explain how Coca-Cola removing the blockages, the liquid has an acidity level that resembles that of gastric acid, which is thought to be important for fiber digestion. Not only that, the sodium bicarbonate in Coke has a loosening effect that, when combined with bubbles from carbon dioxide, may have aided in dissolving the blockages."

The primary ingredients of Coca-Cola include either HFCS or sucrose derived from sugar, caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, coca extract, lime extract, vanilla, and glycerin. So no sodium bicarbonate. Plus the reaction with phosphoric acid would result in the release of carbon dioxide and formation of sodium phosphate. Coca Cola is artificially carbonated.

jayabee52 2014-11-12 09:38:05 -0600 Report

All I am doing is sharing something which was reported to work for some ppl and not for others.

I know, from my days of drinking cola drinks I preferred pepsi since coke had a sharp acidic taste. I have "talked" on this board with those who suffer with gastroparesis and they often are at their wits end at how to deal with their tummy troubles. I was thinking of them when I posted this. Wouldn't it be wonderful if something simple like this worked for them?

I wouldn't wish gastroparesis on even my worst enemy. But it might be something of value to those who suffer it.

God's best

Michael_1960 2014-11-14 19:20:33 -0600 Report

If you noticed real close pepsi has citrus acid, and coke doesn't, or at least used to, I haven't checked the ingredients lately.

Sally926 2014-11-11 23:34:21 -0600 Report

Thx James for sharing. That's pretty funny but if it can clean gunk in & on your car, it should work on your stomach too! Lol

johio 2014-11-11 23:29:37 -0600 Report

wow! coke can actually be good for people. guess that means the "everything in moderation" people get another point!

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