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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU DRINK COKE

Coke or Coca-Cola is the most popular soft drink in history, sold in every country in the world apart from North Korea! But there’s no denying that if you’re looking to follow a healthy diet, Coca-Cola might not be the best choice.

So just how healthy—or rather, unhealthy—is it? Down a can of Coke and here’s a timeline of what happens to your body…

IN THE FIRST 10 MINUTES…

A full 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system in one go—that’s 100% of your recommended daily intake! If you were to eat rather than drink that much sugar, it’s highly likely your body would reject it immediately. But you don’t vomit from the overwhelming sweetness when you drink that much sugar in Coke because it contains phosphoric acid, which represses the sugary flavour and allows you to keep it down.

 

AFTER 20 MINUTES…

Your blood sugar spikes, releasing a burst of insulin. Your liver responds by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that in your system now…)

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40 MINUTES IN…

…and you’ve absorbed all the caffeine the Coke has to offer too. As a result, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure and heart rate rise, and as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

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AFTER ABOUT 45 MINUTES…

Your body releases dopamine, stimulating the pleasure centres in your brain. Sounds good? It does, until you realise that chemically this is the same way heroin affects your system…

 

AFTER 60 MINUTES

The phosphoric acid in the Coke starts to bind to all the useful digestive minerals in your lower intestine, risking their removal from your system. Once the caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play (making you pee more!) you’ll lose all the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that should be headed to your bones in your urine, along with much-needed electrolytes and water.

 

60 MINUTES +

You’ll have now (quite literally) lost all the water that was in the Coke through your urine—but not before it had time to bond to all those valuable nutrients your body could have used to keep you hydrated and strengthen bones and teeth. Once all of that dies down, it’s time for the sugar crash: as your sugar levels drop, you might feel irritable or sluggish (or both). And that’ll all be followed by a caffeine crash a few hours later, leaving you feeling even more ran down!

 

BUT WHAT ABOUT DIET COKE?

Diet Coke is calorie-free, and Coke Zero is sugar free. But the artificial sweeteners they contain aren’t entirely good news. Studies are starting to show that relying on artificial sweeteners to get your sugar hit leads to a longer-term dulling of your senses, so you need more sugar to get the same effect. As if that wasn’t worrying enough, these artificial sweeteners affect your body in the same way as ordinary sugar—spiking your insulin levels, and tricking your body into storing more fat.

 

BUT REMEMBER…

The Coca-Cola itself isn’t the enemy here. Yes, Coke contains a really dynamic combo of massive sugar doses, combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid—but all of that is found in most fizzy drinks, it’s just Coke is the most well known.

 

The odd can or glass of Coke every now and then isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but as always with this kind of thing it’s all about moderation, moderation, moderation!

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