An infographic that went viral on Twitter early this week provides easy to follow information on what a 330 ml dose of Coke can do to your body processes within an hour since it had entered your system.
The information is not new, but the graphic author’s said that he had conducted extensive research and gathered information from various sources before being able to explain the physiological effects of Coca-Cola within our bodies.
Former pharmacist Niraj Naik, the author of the infographic and UK-based blogger, found that a single dose of coke contains so much added sugar that in normal situation you should feel the urge to throw up, but the phosphoric acid in the sweetened beverage blocks that natural reaction. And this happens just within the first ten minutes.
After 20 minutes, your pancreas starts to release large quantities of insulin, while the liver rushes to process as many sugar as it can grab and turn it into body fat. After 40 minutes, Mr. Naik notes, caffeine was completely absorbed, so you feel less tired and energized, but that comes at a cost you have to pay after 60 minutes.
After 45 minutes since ingestion, dopamine levels are increased by the intake of caffeine, so the pleasure receptors in the brain become stimulated in the same manner they would after consuming heroine.
After one hour, the body pays the price. Phosphoric acid drags valuable minerals including calcium and magnesium to your urinary and lower digestive tracts. You are now ready to evacuate those hard won minerals from an already nutritionally deprived diet. Plus, the extra sugar and artificial chemicals in the sugary drink further stimulate calcium to leave the system.
The infographic’s creator explained that you virtually “p***** away” all those nutrients that your body may have used for more useful purposes such as strengthening your teeth and bone system.
Moreover, Coke has a diuretic effect, which means that it forces the body to eliminate water just like coffee does. So, you will feel the urge to urinate and you will end up not only deprived of minerals but also dehydrated. And to top that, because at this point sugar levels go abruptly down, you will become irritable and eager to drink another Cola.
On the other hand, Mr. Naik explained that these effects apply to all fizzy drinks that contain caffeine, not just Coke.
“If you care about your heart, health and mind then please remember this article next time you reach for that bottle,”
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