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Soft Drink pH

2005-01-05

Soft Drinks

Published in Dental Products Report September 2001

DRINK

PH

(Acid* low=bad)

Sugar** per 12 oz. ( 1 can )

Pure water

7.00 (neutral)

0.0

Barq’s

4.61

10.7 tsp

Diet Coke

3.39

0.0

Mountain Dew

3.22

11.0 tsp

Gatorade

2.95

3.3 tsp

Coke Classic

2.53

9.3 tsp

Pepsi

2.49

9.8 tsp

Battery acid

1.00

0.0

It’s not just sugar that’s bad for the teeth, but the acids included in many popular drinks are said to eat away at the enamel and make teeth more prone to caries. Below is a look at how some soda pops compare to water, as well as to battery acid.

* Laboratory tests, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2000

** USDA: 4.2.grams = 1 teaspoon sugar

Source: Minnesota Dental Association




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