I read about the effects that Coke and other soft drinks have on your body, a few days back via Hulleye Comes By!. As I recently mentioned, Pakistanis have lately stopped worrying much about their diet and health and I’m sure that this will result in some serious problems after some time. Articles like this one might help in reversing this trend.
Here are some of the effects of Coke (as well as other soft drinks):
- 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)
- 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 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.
Though I already knew it was bad, reading about what actually takes place is pretty scary. Until now, nobody paid much attention when I tried to get them to stop or help me avoid drinking a lot of soft drinks. At least now I have some sort of info to scare them into doing so.