Coke has been one of the go-to drinks for many for over a century now, and its health benefits have been called into question by a pharmacist, The Renegade Pharmacist , a blog run by former UK pharmacist Niraj Naik.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your body after consuming a can of coke? This illustration provided by the Renegade Pharmacist would shock you.
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour 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 centres 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 urinated 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.
Niraj Naik says he created it in response to clients who complained they were still gaining weight despite following a low-fat diet.
A recent Gallup poll found that individuals in the U.S. are beginning to cut back on soda, compared to a 2012 Gallup poll which found that nearly half of Americans drink soda every day.
Could Coke be this bad for your health?
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