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Effects of Soft Drinks on Your Body

What are the effects of soft drinks on your body? Coca Cola has been around for over 100 years with the formula changing very little in the past few decades. They have created other variations like Diet Coke and Cherry Coke but the original version is still the best seller. It is hugely popular as a beverage with sales of $12.03 Billion last year with sales increasing overseas but falling in the US. According to Wikipedia, the main ingredients include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or sucrose, caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, coca extract, lime extract, vanilla, and glycerin.  Do you know what this cocktail does to your body?


 After 10 minutes:

Ten tea spoons of sugar in a serving of Coke, hits your stomach but the addition of phosphoric acid inhibits the action of sugar so will stop you from throwing up.

After 20 minutes:

Insulin levels jump in the bloodstream. The human body cannot possibly convert that much sugar to energy so the liver converts a lot of it into fat.

effect of soft drinksAfter 40 minutes:

The effects of soft drinks are not just from sugar. At this point caffeine is now fully absorbed. Your pupils start expanding, blood pressure increases as the liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. Drowsiness is prevented by the blocking of the adenosine receptors.

After 45 minutes:

A really cool things happens as the body increases the production of dopamine (a hormone) creating a stimulation of the pleasure center in the brain. This is the same effect as heroin.

After 1 hour:

Thanks to the phosphoric acid, your metabolism is cranked up. Magnesium, zinc and calcium are bound in your intestines by the acid and are eventually removed. These come from your bones. Sodium levels all drop. This causes a mood swing as you will likely become irritable or possibly subdued. Even though most of Coke is water, your body will lose an equal amount of fluid as urine.

effects of soft drinksOrthophosphoric acid interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and iron which weakens bones and can cause osteoporosis.

Sweeteners in Coke products have an interesting effect. Sodium Cyclamate is 200 times sweeter than sugar as is Acesulfame Potassium. The FDA banned cyclamates because it was found to cause urinary bladder cancer in rats much like aspartame and saccharin. In 1979 cyclamates were again recognized as safe. Aspartame found in Diet Coke is a sugar substitute used by diabetics. It is an unstable compound that breaks down at high temperatures into methanol and formaldehyde. As little as 5-10ml of methanol can damage optic nerves and cause blindness. Warm soft drinks can contain formaldehyde which is a powerful carcinogen.

Coke does have a few other uses that people have found to be quite effective.

  • mechanics use it to clean engines
  • remove blood from the road at accident scenes
  • remove rust from chrome
  • pour on battery posts to remove corrosion
  • soak a cloth in Coke and wrap around a rusty bolt to loosen it
  • farmers in India use it as a pesticide

The effects of soft drinks are not really well known in the general population. Most people do not even worry about it as it tastes good and makes them feel good. Moderate use at the very least is recommended and don’t allow your kids to drink a whole lot of soft drinks. Their bodies will thank you for it!

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