The Impact Coke Really Has On The Body Will Shock You

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.

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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 minutes

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.”

Twenty minutes

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!

Forty minutes

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.”

Forty-five minutes

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.

Sixty minutes

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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July 30, 2015

The Danger Of Diet Drinks

What’s your favourite soft drink – Coke? Bet you opt for Coke Zero or Diet Coke because you think it’s better for you? Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but when it comes to diet foods, especially diet drinks, none of them are good for you.

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There’s a wide selection of supposedly ‘healthy’ soft drinks now, most of them replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners or stevia – a plant-based sugar substitute. The message that is sent to consumers is that less or no sugar equals fewer calories and therefore it’s not too bad to have these drinks regularly.

But fewer calories don’t necessarily make a drink healthy. The problem with artificial sweeteners is that our body is tricked into believing that it is consuming sugar and therefore calories. However, when those calories never arrive, our body keeps ‘looking’ for them, which we know as cravings. This means that diet drinks can make you feel hungry and you are more likely to give into a craving.

There are more negative effects of sweeteners. As sweeteners have a much more intense flavour than sugar, our taste buds can become desensitised over time. This means that you may develop a liking for overly sweet foods, which can result in weight gain.

At the same time, the psychological effect that diet drinks have is just as dangerous. When you drink something that has no calories, you are more likely to allow yourself a bigger portion of something else because you saved on calories by opting for a diet drink. Often, the extra food you eat will be much higher in calories than you’d think.

To top it off, the diet drink ingredients besides artificial sweeteners are anything but good for you. Most drinks are loaded with caffeine, the acid they contain will erode your teeth, and the chemicals in food colours are said to increase the risk of cancer. Does’t sound very good, does it?

As with everything we eat and drink, moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cold soft drink every now and then, just don’t make diet drinks your substitute for water.

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June 16, 2015