Does anyone else find soda helps them digest food?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 30, 2013 at 4:09 AM

So every once and a while I will get a burger and fries at family cookouts and stuff. When I have them with a sprite, the only soda I really ever do drink, I have less bloating than with just apple juice. Does this happen with anyone else?

I wish I could take acid pills, but I have stomach ulcers.



on May 30, 2013
at 08:35 AM

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on May 30, 2013
at 04:44 AM

Sodas generally contain phosphoric acid (pH around 2.7, so quite acidic) ... that might be the reason it helps your digestion. From what I can remember soda always helped when I had too much to eat ... but I stay away from it nowadays.


on May 31, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I'm sure the acidity has something to do with helping to break down the fats and protein. Some people swear by eating fresh pineapple along with heavy foods. I'm also in the habit of carrying a small bottle of pineapple/papaya enzyme tablets in the car for the occasional fast food indulgence.


on May 30, 2013
at 07:34 PM

Seltzer with lemon, lime, and some stevia (not truvia) tastes almost exactly like Sprite. Yummy


on May 31, 2013
at 06:21 PM

Try just with sparkling water, club soda or seltzer and see if it has the same effect without all the sugar or other sweeteners. Carbonated water has a PH of 3-4, so that could aid in the digestion, and the bubbles help clear out the gas.

To Mark Hu (because I cannot comment yet) The enzymes in pineapple probably help more with digestion, although maybe that's part of what makes pineapple acidic? http://www.worldhealth.net/news/bromelain_pineapple_enzyme/



on May 30, 2013
at 08:19 PM

Probably better off having something natural like Sauerkraut or Kimchi to aid digestion, rather than soda!



on May 30, 2013
at 03:04 PM

That's very interesting that it makes you feel less bloated, but everyone reacts differently with things! Sodas could actually be used as a cleaning agent (and are for certain things) so maybe it helps break down the food that you're eating because it's not severely nutrient dense? Definitely makes you wonder what sodas to on the inside of your body! :) I love Sprite, but try to only drink water now but sometimes you just need something fizzy.


on June 01, 2013
at 03:46 AM

I invested in a soda stream, sold the sugar syrup crap it came with in a garage sale and I use a few drops of lemon and/or lime essential oil which is pure and natural, straight from the oils in the rind. A couple drops of stevia and instant almost sprite! But if you get the soda stream DO NOT add oils or stevia until after you "charge" the water. I learned the hard way ...sodasplosian. My 15 year old son was a soda addict and so long as I keep soda stream running he is happy, does not even like real sprite now, thinks its too sweet.


on May 30, 2013
at 05:16 AM

I think that the carbination may help break down food faster. Just a theory. : )

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