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The Coca-Cola Diet (Posted on 2002-06-24) Difficulty: 4 of 5
The way to lose weight is to burn more energy than you take in. One way of burning energy is to maintain your temperature at a steady 37C (98.6F).

How much energy is required with a can of Coca-Cola? The standard formula is that the amount of energy required is:

(amount of substance) x (specific heat) x (change in temperature)

What are the numbers for a can of Coke? The can I have here says it contains 355 mL. If I were to serve it cold in a glass with melting ice, it would start off with a temperature of 0C. I don't know the exact specific heat of Coke, but I think it's fair to assume it's in the ballpark of the specific heat of water (1 calorie per mL per degree C). Coke is mostly water, anyway. Substituting those numbers gives:

355 x 1 x 37 = 13,135 calories.

Under the Calories heading on the side of the can, I read 140. Even allowing for large differences between the physical properties of water and the physical properties of Coke, that's a tremendous difference. Every can of Coke ought to actually burn a net 12,995 calories if it's served cold. These numbers can easily be verified by anybody who wants to buy a can of Coke (Disclosure: I own a little bit of stock in the Coca-Cola Company).

Drinking Coke ought to help people lose weight like crazy. So why hasn't the Coca-Cola diet caught on?

See The Solution Submitted by friedlinguini    
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Solution Problem Solution Comment 18 of 18 |

One needs to recall that one food calorie (Cal) is equivalent to 1 (regular) Kilo Calorie, or 1000 calories(cal)  

Accordingly, 13,135 regular calories (cal)  translates to only 13135/1000 = 13.135 food calories(Cal).

The balance 140 Cal (food calories) correspond to the nutrituinal value of the ingredients of coke in the can.

 

 


  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-05-07 12:14:53
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