Fc: Gulping down a soft drink after eating mango does not cause death

Social media users are claiming that gulping down a soft drink immediately after eating a mango causes death. Users are sharing a newspaper clipping to substantiate their claim.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  9 May 2022 10:57 AM GMT
Fc: Gulping down a soft drink after eating mango does not cause death

Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that gulping down a soft drink immediately after eating a mango causes death. Users are sharing a newspaper clipping to substantiate their claim.

The clipping states that those who took a soft drink immediately after eating a mango in Chandigarh died.

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Fact Check

The claim is misleading.

When NewsMeter searched about the Chandigarh incident, we could not find any credible information. We could not find any articles or news reports which confirm that such an incident took place in Chandigarh.

Organic acids like malic and citric acids are present in mango, which are the major reasons for the fruit acidity of a mango. However, the citric acid content in lemons is much higher than mango. Carbonated drinks contain carbonic acid (dissolves in water, breaking into hydrogen and carbonate in a sealed container) which is decomposed when the bottle is opened.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2019.01073/full

https://www.livestrong.com/article/547245-carbonic-acid-in-beverages/

https://trishdeseine.com/is-mango-considered-a-citrus-fruit/

A weak acid is an acid that partially dissociates into its ions in water or an aqueous solution. Citric and Carbonic acids are two such weak acids. Generally, two weak acids with similar dissociation constants will co-exist in a solution without much interaction. They have similar dissociation constants in water. Dissociation constants describe the reaction ability or affinity.

https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-weak-acid-604687#:~:text=A%20weak%20acid%20is%20an,base%20is%20a%20weak%

https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Supplemental_Modules_(Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry)/Equilibria/Chemical_Equilibria/Dissociation_Constant

https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/7915/lemon-juice-and-carbonic-acid-reaction

Vishwas News had reached out to the National Executive Committee member of India Dietetic Association (IDA) Nazneen Hussain about the same viral claim. To which, she said that the claim was false. However, mangoes and soft drinks are high in sugar content, consuming both will increase sugar levels and acidity in the body.

https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-cold-drink-and-mangoes-is-not-a-deadly-combination-fake-claim-is-getting-viral/

Hence, the claim is misleading. There is no evidence to show that consuming soft drinks immediately after eating a mango can cause death.

Claim Review:Consumption of soft drinks immediately after eating a mango cause death.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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