November 19, 2007

Of all things

We have a printout of an e-mail on our masjid notice board that alleges that Coke and Pepsi contain pork. Pork! It sounds quite reaching, almost as if the writer was just trying to scare people, but it's worth sharing regardless.

Personally, I avoid Coke and Pepsi because I don't like the way they taste. I've never seen anything corroborating the pork thing, though. The article itself seemed rather suspect, with little referencing and some rather silly statements (e.g. "Also drinking 6 bottles of Pepsi or Cola at a time causes instant death"). Here's the source of the article.

The scientific and medical research says that drinking Pepsi & Cola leads to cancer because the key element is taken from Pigs sausage. The heavenly books Quran, Bible and Torah forbids eating Pork, as it is the only animal that eats dirt, dung and urine, which makes lethal and deadly fabric polluted germs and microbes.

According to a report published in Jordanian magazine, the head of Delhi University's Science and Technology Center, Dr. Mangoshada scientifically proved that the key element in Pepsi and Cola contains extract from the intestines of Pig which causes cancer and other deadly diseases.

What do you think? Believable? Far-fetched? Silly? Well, it's no good for you anyway, so best to avoid it.


  1. The responses on the forum were quite amusing...

    I avoid most carbonated drinks these days... don't really enjoy them. I did have two Diet Cokes last week tho, cos i went out to eat. I find the phosphoric acid helps to digest my food. :D

  2. Well...

    a) A number of points in the article were based on popular myths which makes it not even nearly as scientific as its trying to be

    b) Why didn't they reference the article? It sounds more like he said/she said and not any detailed analysis.

    c)I've recently been exposed to a lot of such claims for example Coke is used to fund Israel's army although it was said in much stronger terms. When asked for sources most people will refer to one magazine article or one book. Or a couple of people told them. Seriously if the scientific community based all its theories on just 1 or 2 sources and those too not primary, the world would be in chaos. I think a lot of times people forget that when research is done, it really isn't considered valid until published in a scientific journal (not magazine) and even then it isn't generally accepted until at least a couple of experts in the field have come to the same conclusion. I think this stands for all fields outside science as well, such as politics, economics, history (although history can usually be vetoed by faith in whichever religion one subscribes to).

    And... thats about it. :D And I still don't know how much truth is there in the funding Zionists.

  3. iMuslim: Yes, the forum did have some amusing responses, especially the rebuttal in which someone says: "Delhi University does not have a Dr. Mangoshada" or a Science and Technology Centre.

    I like carbonated drinks like 7-Up and Ginger Ale in the right settings, but Coke and Pepsi don't go down well. I seriously doubt they have pork, though.

    Saira: a) yes, there do appear to be some popular myths in there. I don't think the "six bottles = instant death" thing has ever been tested or proven.

    b) Referencing is for losers! That's why they didn't reference the article!

    c) But ... but .. PEPSI! That stands for "Providing Economic Power for the State of Israel", doesn't it??! Surely, that can't be co-incidence, can it?


    But yes, I agree, the sources are specious at best. I must say, though, that I'm impressed by the thought you put into your response.

  4. Instant death? Uh oh... or will it be like Lisa in The Simpsons when she drank from the river at "Duff Gardens"...? "I can see through time!"

  5. I don't like Coke though.

    I don't buy the story that it contains pig extract. Off all things, pig? whatthehell?

    Coke & Pepsi are marked veg (in India, at least). They wouldn't dare to put anything non-veg here. Non-veg is a serious religious issue for some people.

    I dislike about these emails, and I dislike those who forward such things without trying to verify or thinking twice about it.

    Speaks volumes about their mindset.

  6. Nauman: Something about that scene makes me feel dizzy...

    Manas: Yeah, the pig thing seems a bit far-fetched. It's true, that in India, any traces of animal extract is a big deal considering the vegetarian requirements of Hindus.

    These e-mails are silly. I'm wondering if I should leave it on our notice board, especially considering we also have a fridge in our masjid which is often full of Coke and iced tea for any musallis to take. Ironic, isn't it?

  7. Haha, I've had lots of friends forward me the most idiotic emails about Bill Gates handing out free money (only if you forward the email, of course!), corn flakes causing cancer, and of course the priceless Pepsi one!

    To amuse myself, I reply all such emails with berating people for their gullibility and pulling up refutations of the ridiculous claims.
    And yet they somehow never get the point, because just as I hit "Send" I've got another forwarded email.

    Is it just Muslims who are that easily fooled by the unlikeliest things, or is it everyone?

  8. AnonyMouse: I actually just got that Bill Gates e-mail again for the first time in years! What's worse, I got it from someone who I thought was a bright guy, but he somewhat believed that it was legitimate.

    I think everyone falls for these things; it just seems like Muslims fall for them more because we probably all have mostly Muslim friends who send us these e-mails. But I used to get them from everybody who is trying to make a quick dollar.

  9. i just got off the phone with pepsi's executive office and they confirmed that this is a false claim. figures...

  10. Thanks Anonymous, for clearing things up.