Coke – You can’t beat the feeling. So said the soda maker’s 1987 slogan. A Coke infographic that is now going viral would confirm that jingle – assuming Coca-Cola is referring to the body’s sugar eruption, insulin burst, caffeine absorption, dopamine production and eventual crash and burn.
Reports NewsMax: “Health writer Wade Meredith originally posted ‘What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke’ about five years ago on Blisstree.com. The infographic appeared to get attention after Niraj Naik highlighted Meredith’s work on his blog The Renegade Pharmacist in May. It was widely shared on Twitter.”
The infographic breaks down the body’s response after drinking one can of coke – from the first sip ten minutes in to the final sugar crash about an hour later.
The graphic reveals that after the first ten minutes, the sugar in Coke – a whopping ten teaspoons – hits our system, but that the “phosphoric acid cuts the flavor,” allowing us to avoid retching the soda up because of the overwhelming sweetness.
After twenty minutes, our blood sugar spikes and the resulting “insulin burst” pushes our body to turn the sugar into fat and store it. Twenty minutes after that, the caffeine is fully absorbed and we’re ramped up. Our blood pressure rises and anti-drowsy receptors are firing on all cylinders. Five minutes later, dopamine production kicks in, “stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.”
Then comes the crash at sixty minutes. Because of the phosphoric acid, we piss out any of the good nutrients in our body, and we get irritable and sluggish.
Ella Allred, Technical Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com, said, “These facts on Coke, may shock you, but it is a good indication as to why we shouldn’t be drinking it. The National Health Service has just changed the total added sugar allowance from 10 teaspoons per day to 7.5 teaspoons per day. This makes just one can more than your total free sugar allowance for the entire day.”
A Coca-Cola spokesperson, attempting to devalue the science, responded with: “People have enjoyed drinking a Coca-Cola for more than 129 years. Like all soft drinks, it is perfectly safe to drink and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle. We provide a choice of colas to meet the needs of different consumers, including options that are lower sugar, sugar free and caffeine free.”
Of course, those options have their own set of insalubrious ingredients.
Adds WebMD: “The most recent headlines have raised concerns that diet sodas boost stroke risk. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers. Regular soft drinks have been linked to elevated blood pressure.”
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