In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You donít 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. (And thereís plenty of that at this particular moment.)
40 minutes: 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, 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 caffeineís diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that youíll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.
> 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, youíll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. Youíve also now, literally, peed 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 hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if youíre a smoker.) Want to know what happens after that? Check out what happens to your body after you drink a coke, every day for a long time.
Coke itself isnít the enemy here. Itís the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid, which are found in almost all sodas. Moderation, people!
Personally, I rarely drink the stuff! As for the caffeine hit, never happens to me that I can tell. I can have a cup of coffee and still go straight to sleep. One trip from Darwin, I thought I'd try one of those "energy" drinks which is supposed to give you a "hit" as I was driving through the night. The flavour was nothing to get excited about and it did absolutely nothing for me. I still needed to pull over for a kip after about an hour.
Ten teaspoons of sugar have more calories than in a can of Coke, so the article doesn't stand up to scrutiny in its details.
10tsp in the average fizzy drink. Coke in particular
Can't remember the last fizzy drink I had.
I see even fizzy water is bad for the teeth. Like you I generally don't buy the stuff - maybe 12 cans a year?
If that. I am a sugar addict, though. Well, sweetness. I tend to use Tate & Lyle's Half Spoon and their demerara equivalent. Been using them for so long that drinks with sugar in taste weird, now.
I was reviewing this thread and thought it was worth a bump up.
Because he could...........
Whenever I go abroad, to a questionable hygiene restaurants, I drink coke all the time. Full sugar ones. It keeps diarrhea away Even with ice in it.
Worked when I went to Indonesia, Cambodia and India
My sister also swears by it, everyone was ill except for her when she went to Serbia and Sweden with a big group.
Didn't work for me in Egypt though
I don't drink coke at all when not travelling, I drink sparkling water instead.
I don't drink fizzy drinks at all except for the occasional sparkling water. I can understand though that in a foreign country whilst on holiday it
might be a temporary aid to voiding tummy upsets. I wouldn't agree to the ice though.
As to "Because he could" the thread was year and a half old and nothing new had been added as far as I could see.
I don't want ice either, but the message does not always get through
How many bottles of cola drink do you think would constitute a "line"?
Our GP used to prescribe Coke (the super kind) if you had gastro, for the added potassium in it.
A tip for those who suffer from acid-reflux:
Best ginger beer in the known universe. Tastes just like the stuff my ol' granddad used to make. It's effective against heartburn and acid-reflux, like nowt else.