A graphic titled "What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke" that reportedly breaks down the effects a can of Coca-Cola has on a person's body is going viral.
The Renegade Pharmacist posted a handy chart to show exactly what happens in your body from the moment a Coca-Cola enters your mouth to the first hour afterwards.
In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake.) You don't immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour 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 centres 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, urinated 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.
The Renegade Pharmacist says that sodas are full of high fructose corn syrup, a type of sweetner that our bodies have trouble breaking down.
“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,” states the article.
And while fruits also contain fructose, they have enough fibre in them to prevent absorption in any dangerous levels.
To replace fizzy drinks, the article recommends switching to green tea or plain water with a bit of lemon.
..... Devashree Goenka