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What Happens When I Drink a Coke?


I came upon a list from the Nutrition Research Center that has me thinking. It is what happens when you drink a Coke.

    • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor 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 centers 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, pissed away all 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.

Yuck. Now, I’ve never been a big soda/pop drinker no matter where I was in the country. But, I drink enough of it to feel a little bad about these findings. I have others that are close to me which causes me great concern to see this study.

What do you think?


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  1. Mark Bello says:
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    Yeeeccchhh! I may never drink soda pop again! What about diet pop?

  2. Sami says:
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    Wow, I do this 5 or 6 times a day. Who knew?

  3. Brandon West says:
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    You know what’s funny? In major bike races (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France) you will see cyclists drinking cokes during/after the races. With the amount of money they spend on, uh, ‘research’ (there’s no PED’s in cycling….), I’m utterly confused by their consumption of coke.

  4. Mike Bryant says:
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    Thanks for the comments. yes, it is disgusting and I hope it helps to save some people.