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Which Soft Drink Produces the most Gas?

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Sierra Sutton

on 14 January 2015

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Which Soft Drink Produces the Most Gas?
Which Soft Drink Produces the most Gas?
Gas has been proven to have a negative effect on the human body.
Soft drinks, which contain carbon dioxide, can produce large amounts of unhealthy gas when warmed in the stomach.
The purpose of this project is to discover which drink produces the most gas, therefore has the worst effect on the human body.
Plastic bottles
13 x 9 inch Aluminum Pan
Variety of beverages:
Fanta Orange
Coca Cola
Medicine Dropper
Sticky Notes
Measuring cup
1. Empty out 18 12 oz. water bottles

2. Pour 4oz.of each beverage into 2 different plastic bottles.

3. Mix a 2 teaspoons of vinegar into each beverage. The vinegar will represent your stomach’s acid.
4. Blow-up and release the air in a balloon for each bottle. This will stretch the balloons so they are more easily inflated.

5. Stretch the open end of a balloon over the opening of each bottle.

6. Place the aluminum pan filled with water over the griddle and heat.

7. Place the bottles on in the pan.
8. Observe the balloons at different intervals as the liquids begin to heat.

9. Once the data has shown that the amount of gas in each balloon has stabilized, take off the balloons and empty out the bottles.

10. Repeat all steps but exclude the vinegar in 4 of the bottles (you should have 4 bottles with only a beverage in it and 4 bottles with a beverage and vinegar.)
I hypothesize that Sprite will produce the most gas and a harmful affect on the body. Though it is normal for your body to produce gas, excess can cause burping, bloating, abdominal pain and discomfort. I also hypothesize that Fanta will produce the least amount of gas.
Vinegar and Beverage
The Amount of Gas in the Balloons
Sample without Vinegar
Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3
Sample 4
(without vinegar)
My chart on the previous slide shows the average circumference every 10 minutes from each sample. For example, the average for the first check in all the samples for Seagram’s is 18.67. That means is you added the circumference first circumference from each sample for Seagram’s and then divide by the number of number you added, you would see what was the average for that check was. (18.50+19.50+18.00=56/3=18.67). The last column shows, out of all the checks, what was the average circumference, therefore finding the soft drink with the most gas.

My hypothesis that Sprite would have the most gas was correct 3:4 times and my hypothesis that Fanta would have the least gas was wrong 3:4. Therefore, from my data, I can infer that Sprite is the most gaseous and Coca Cola is the least gaseous.

Anne Marie Helmenstine, P. (2014, December 4). What Is the pH of the Stomach? Retrieved from about education: http://chemistry.about.com/od/lecturenoteslab1/a/Stomach-Ph.htm
Gas in the Digestive Tract. (2013, January 2). Retrieved from National Insitute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseasses: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/gas/Pages/facts.aspx
George Krucik, M. M. (n.d.). What causes abdominal bloating? Retrieved from Healthline Symptom Checker: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/abdominal-bloating
Mark B. Pochapin, M. (2013). Your Digestive System. Retrieved from Division of Gastroenterology Department of Medicine: http://medicine.med.nyu.edu/gastro/digestive-health/your-digestive-health
States of Matter. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.chem.purdue.edu/gchelp/atoms/states.html
Steven Dowshen, M. (2012, July). Why do I burp? Retrieved from KidsHealth: http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/yucky/burp.html
Testing the Acidity of VInegar. (n.d.). Retrieved from Cultures for Health: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/testing-acidity-strength-vinegar
One of the symptoms of spare gas is “abdominal bloating, a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and tight and may be visibly swollen.” Treatment for bloating and excess gas depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include eating slowly, avoiding overeating, and a change in diet. Additional treatment for bloating and excess gas may include medications that reduce intestinal gas” (George Krucik, n.d.).
Gases, liquids and solids are phases of matter made up of microscopic particles. Unlike liquids and solids, “gases are well separated with no regular arrangement and vibrate and move freely at high speeds (States of Matter, n.d.)”
Distilled white vinegar usually measures around pH 2.4, with a strength of 5%. (Testing the Acidity of Vinegar, n.d.)
The pH of your stomach varies, from pH 1-2 up to 4-5. (Anne Marie Helmenstine, 2014)
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