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).
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?