What happens when you drink a can of Coke or any similar sugary drink:
1. In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (more than 100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid and other flavorings cut the flavor allowing you to keep it down. And this isn’t regular cane sugar, it is GMO High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Gram for gram, the HFCS increases your risk of diabetes by over 700% with even 150 calories of it on a daily basis.
- 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) It’s clear that if the HFCS (fructose) hits the liver in sufficient quantity and with sufficient speed, the liver will convert much of it to fat. This induces a condition known as insulin resistance, which is now considered the fundamental problem with chronic inflammation, obesity, and the underlying cause in heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is also the underlying trigger in many cancers.
- 40 minutes: Synthetic caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked creating an artificial brain stimulus. Long term reliance on this type of artificial stimulation damages the delicate balance of brain chemicals and ultimately the brain cells as well.
- 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.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573353– Caffeine had a strong anxiolytic and psychostimulant effect by activation of μ-opioid receptors.
5. >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, leading to serious nutritional deficiencies. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium and other essential minerals
- >60 Minutes: The synthetic 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 electrolyte and water.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2402180– Total urine output of water, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium and creatinine increased in the two hours following synthetic caffeine ingestion when compared to the control beverage.
- >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 stealing valuable nutrients your body needed for things like having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
– Dehydration symptoms
Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined chemical salts and synthetic caffeine.
Regular consumption of these ingredients found in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
A study by Harvard university showed that drinking just one can of sugary fizzy drink a day raises the risk of heart disease by 20%.
Sugary beverages also cause a very bad type inflammation, an immune-system response involved in both heart disease and insulin resistance, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Scientists investigated the connection between HFCS beverages and heart disease by analyzing data of 43,000 men.
Even Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, admits that he limits himself from drinking Coke for health reasons.
We should all know by now the many health risks associated with soda due to its highly acid forming recipe of HFCS, carbonated water and additives like salt and phosphorous.
A recent Gallup poll reveals that 48 percent of surveyed Americans – nearly half! – still drink soda on a daily basis. What’s more, among those who drank soda, the average daily intake was 2.6 glasses per day.
Why do people still gain weight even though they were following a strict low-fat diet recommended to them by their doctor.
It is really the ‘fat’ that causes us to gain unhealthy weight.
After seeing so many people suffering from obesity-related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the number of calories they were eating!
I discovered that a main trigger factor for many widespread diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes was due to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the resulting inflammatory damage to your cells.
High fructose corn syrup found in pretty much all processed foods such as fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger. I call it a slow liquid death.
It is also often found in ‘low fat’ supposedly healthy alternatives and even many popular weight loss products because food with the fat taken out simply tastes horrible. High fructose corn syrup in combination with many other additives are usually added to mask the flavor.
Glucose is the type of sugar our body loves. It gets metabolized by every cell in our body and is very easy to burn with very few toxic by-products. It also tells the brain to stop eating when you are full.
High fructose corn syrup on the other hand, is another type of sugar and is found in sucrose which breaks down to glucose and fructose.
Fructose is actually only metabolized by the liver and it’s very similar to ethanol (the alcohol in drinks).
When you consume it, it’s actually like ethanol but without the high. It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process. It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full.
This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.
Many fruits also contain fructose, but nature’s version is very different than the genetically modified type put into processed foods and drinks. Fruits are also packed with enzymes, fiber and other nutrients which prevent your body from absorbing too much of it.
When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets, free from processed foods, even if the labels say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.
In many cases, I asked people to just stop their consumption of HFCS drinks like Coca Cola and instead swap it with either plain water or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor. Herbal tea is also a great alternative.
There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!!
And if it wasn’t clear, I’m not just picking on Coke, you should avoid Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mt. Dew, etc. And don’t even get me started on the diet options with the aspartame. Aspartame makes HFCS look like Mary Poppins! More on that next time.