A rumor has been circulating the Internet that a boy has died in Brazil from eating Mentos and drinking Coca-Cola light. This is a hoax, most likely triggered by the well-known “Diet Coke/Mentos fountain phenomenon.”
Dan ini respon dari pihak Coca Cola:
There is a false rumor circulating via email on the Internet that claims that a child in Brazil died after drinking Coca-Cola light followed by chewing menthol-flavored chewy candy. This story is not true.
There is no reason to believe that Coca-Cola ingredients together with menthol flavor or any other food or food ingredient would combine to cause any illness. Coca-Cola ingredients and menthol flavoring are widely approved as safe food ingredients and are used worldwide in a variety of foods.
This email appears to be linked to a number of amateur videos that have appeared on the Internet, which show people, for fun, mixing Mentos candies with Coca-Cola light (or Diet CokeÂ®) to produce a reaction that causes the Diet Coke to shoot into the air. This reaction is thought to be caused by carbon dioxide (which gives carbonated soft drinks their fizz) permeating the porous surface of the Mentos.
However, chewing a Mentos candy destroys the surface needed for the carbon dioxide bubbles to form. Therefore such a foam reaction cannot happen when the two products are ingested.
We strongly advise consumers to treat with skepticism unauthorized or untraceable myths and rumors which they find on the Internet, since they often, as in this case, turn out to be entirely false.
Terlepas dari respon Coca-cola atas rumor ini, kebetulan saya bersama kakak saya melakukan percobaan terdokumentasi untuk membuktikan bahwa reaksi Coca-cola dan Mentos cukup dahsyat. Silakan di tonton filmnya Coca cola vs Mentos.