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Cola and hypokalaemia

Coca-cola gets a bad rap.

How many coke myths can you name?  You must have heard the one about coke being so acidic it can dissolve a steak (or tooth or penny)? What about “pouring coke on raw meat makes worms crawl out of it”? And, of course, there is the Mythbusters favourite: eating mentos with diet coke will make your stomach explode.

All bollocks, of course.

This week, the press have come up with a new one: drinking cola will damage your heart and cause paralysis.  This was variously reported as “Cola drinks can be bad for the heart” (Express); “Too much cola zaps muscle power” (BBC); and “Drinking large amounts of cola can cause paralysis, doctors warn” (Telegraph).

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