Okay, so you’re still not convinced that drinking soda is one of the unhealthiest things you can do to yourself? Let’s assume that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Aspartame are actually okay (“ok” meaning that these ingredients are not the bane of society actually spawned by the devil and by “assume” I do mean the idea of making an ASS of U and ME).

Soda Kills

Let’s take a closer look at what happens to the body within an hour of consuming a soft drink (sorry Coke, you’re on the chopping block as soda’s representative):

• In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

• 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

• 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

• 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

• >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

• >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

• >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

From: Nutrition Research Center

 

While we’re at it, let’s take a look at a couple more ingredients:

CARAMEL COLOR: According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “cola-based soft drinks contain caramel coloring, which is rich in advanced glycation end products that might increase insulin resistance” and increased insulin resistance can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

 

PHOSPHORIC ACID: Ever wonder what that weird, tangy taste is in Diet Coke? Phosphoric acid has been cited as contributor to the loss of tooth enamel, low bone density (read as contributing to osteoporosis) and may also be associated with chronic kidney disease. However, PA does have some benefit, like removing rust on iron, steel tools and gas tanks.

 

Still thinking about drinking sodas?

 

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11 Responses to The Soda Rant Continues

  1. Coke = Heroin? I could see it?
    Dewayne Chriswell
    http://dewaynechriswell.com

  2. Wow! What a phenomenal breakdown of what takes place in your body when you drink a soda. I’ve been weaning myself off of diet sodas but still will order one if I’m out having dinner. But after reading this, I’m swearing off them completely.

    Michael

  3. Sonya Lenzo says:

    Boy do I have some ammunition to get my sister off of soda now! She is going to be sorry she invited me for Easter dinner!
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.oldbooksmarket.com/bookdayloveday/

  4. Kevin Hogan says:

    Neil,
    I am the open minded skeptic.
    Not of sugared drinks. Obviously the sugar in a soft drink is a very bad thing for probably most people.
    I move the conversation to diet drinks.
    Phosphuric acid probably has no upside. One of my doc’s tells me that diet Coke is poison.
    The metaphysical types will tell you that aspartame causes brain tumors. (This is particularly amusing because there should be a rash of such tumors but they aren’t there in real life.)
    So my question is not what phosphuric acid might do to teeth. Doesn’t seem like there’s anything good that happens, though I question anything bad happening.
    My question is, is there any scientific evidence that points to diet drinks as having an impact on longevity?
    Respectfully and have a wonderfully Happy Easter!

    • admin says:

      Dr. Hogan,
      As a humble admirer of you, your open-minded skepticism is valued and greatly appreciated.
      To answer the question about any impact on longevity – there is no scientific data to prove that these ingredients directly increase mortality. I always think of the 87 year old guy sitting at the end of the bar who drinks a fifth of scotch and smokes 3 packs of cigarettes daily and has been doing so for 62 years – and will continue to do so for another 20 years before dying peacefully in his sleep of old age. Individual cases will vary. However, I do stand firm on my position that sodas – including diet drinks – should be eliminated from the diet.

  5. I had no idea that soda could have all of these side effects. I will have to check this out some more.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    http://www.scottbellconsultant.com
    Now go implement!

  6. Eva Palmer says:

    After the precious psot I thougth that soft drinks were not that good, now I don’t know if I want to drink them at all! We’ll see…What I don know if I have a soft drink one day, it is easy to have another soft drink the next day, it feels very addictive…

  7. Kevin Bettencourt says:

    I didn’t know about the specifics but when I was young my father used Coke to remove rust from metal. That pretty much was all I needed to see.

    Las Vegas Air Conditioning Services

  8. Bryan says:

    It doesn’t add a lot of good to your diet…

    Sales Expert

  9. Steve C says:

    One of the things I like about living in the UK is the relative absence of HFCS. Most of the foodstuffs and beverages are sweetened with good old fashioned sugar. Doesn’t make soft drinks any better for you but helps me avoid ingesting HFCS.

    Steve C

  10. My goodness if that didn’t make you sick just thinking about what you’re doing to your body then I don’t know what will.
    I don’t drink soda but allow a treat for the kids every blue moon…they’re not gonna be happy to know I read this!

    Jen B
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