What are the Most Acidic Beverages?

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The most acidic beverages in general are fruit juices, but cola’s such as Coca-Cola are right up there too.  The pH scale measures acidity, a pH level of 7 is neutral while 0 is the most acidic and 14 is a base, also dangerous.  Water is right at the middle with a pH of 7 and Coke is fairly far down the scale at about 3.4.

To put things into perspective for a moment, acid rain has a pH of 5.2, less acidic then Coke, but the winner of the most acidic beverage contest is lemon and lime juice, although I don’t remember the last time I sat down for a refreshing glass of lemon juice.  Lemon juice has a pH level of about 2.3, and lime juice can get a low as 1.8!  That’s acidic!  In case you want to dismiss lemon and lime juice, Coke still doesn’t win; apple and orange juice have a pH of about 3.

Although there are many reasons to not drink an excessive amount of very acidic liquids, pH levels less than 3 are very safe to drink.  Our stomach acid typically has a pH level of between 1 and 3.  Too much acid in your stomach can still cause stomach pains, ulcers, and the high acid level can wear down your teeth too, but you would have to consistently drink high acid beverages to worry about any of those problems.

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