That ice cold can of coke that you like to guzzle down mid-morning, mid-afternoon, potentially even mid-meeting, is doing you a hell of a lot more harm than you think – and no, we’re not referring to the long-term effects, we’re talking about within the first sixty minutes with which you consume it.
A new study conducted by pharmacist, Niraj Naik, has revealed the alarming effects coke has on the body up to one hour after drinking the stuff. Publishing the findings on his blog Truth Theory, Naik documented the five stages that the body goes through in trying to digest the fizzy and overly sweetened beverage. The results are as followed:
Ten teaspoons of sugar have just entered your system. This is equivalent to your 100 per cent of your daily recommended intake, wrote Naik. What’s even more disturbing is that it’s actually that sweet that your body’s normal reaction would be to vomit it up, however “the phosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.”
This is when 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, says Naik – and because there’s plenty of that, you can only guess what happens next!
Your body has now successfully absorbed all caffeine. As a result, “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.”
You’re now in a physical state similar to a heroine induced one, Naik points out. How? Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain, he wrote.
Time is up. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play and any calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed for your bones – along with sodium, electrolyte and water – will be flushed out leaving you with a sugar crash.
“Fructose is the form of high fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger,” he wrote on his blog.
While you might argue that many fruits also contain fructose, the pharmacist pointed out that “nature has provide the antidote,” with each fruit containing enough fibre to prevent your body from absorbing too much.
With an alarming 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day, Naik’s final word, as written on his blog: “If you care about your heart, health and mind then please remember this article next time you reach for that bottle of Coke!”
What do you think? Is it time to give up Coco Cola once and for all?
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