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Sad but true.

Posted by: Shelly on May 17, 1999 at 13:02:51:

In Reply to: Diet coke posted by Jane Doe on February 01, 1999 at 17:38:24:

: I have a question about diet coke, I hope someone has the answer to. I was recently drinking coke at school and a friend of mine told me never to drink it again. When I asked why, she said that she had heard that when the coke went above a certain tempature, the coke turned into fermalidahide. Is this true? I appreciate anyone's comments on this.

: Thanks a bunch! Please e-mail me if you have any information.

Sad but true. It's made by Monsanto. "Ant sting poison" Not even bugs will drink it......try it.

McSpotlight: The chemical in question is formaldehyde, (a.k.a. formalin) and has the formula CH2O ; it's the simplest carbohydrate.

As to being a poison, well, it depends; it doesn't actually destroy tissue; it just encases it in a polymer film; which stops it reacting with other bits of the body; which is fatal, but also preserves the tissue indefinitely (which is why it is used for preserving things).

You can find a useful EPA page on formaldehyde here

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