Coke is one of the most consumed drinks all over the world. There are even some people who choose this over water. If you’re a health nut, you already know drinking soda is not a good idea, especially if you turn it into a habit.
An infographic that depicts the effects of coke to the body is making its rounds over the Internet and is actually a trending topic in many social media platforms. The infographic shows how the fizzy drink affects the human body when it enters the system, starting from the first 10 minutes up to an hour.
First 10 Minutes
After consuming coke, here are the things that happen to your body during the first 10 minutes:
- You just dumped 10 teaspoons of sugar in your body, equivalent to more than 100% of the recommended daily sugar intake.
- Despite the high amounts of sugar, you don’t feel nauseous or dizzy. This is thanks to phosphoric acid, which reduces the overwhelming sickness that should come with the beverage.
After 20 Minutes
- The levels of sugar within the body increase, so insulin fires up.
- Your liver then reacts to the hormone shoot up by turning the excess sugar into fats.
After 40 Minutes
- Caffeine is already absorbed by the body completely.
- Pupil dilation as well as an increase in blood pressure is the common response of the body because of the total caffeine absorption.
- Due to the body’s responses mentioned above, the liver will once again react, prompting it to release even more sugar into the blood.
- Your brain also participates in the action because its receptors or the gates that receive the depressant to the central nervous system called adenosine are blocked. This is why there are times when people get that “high” feeling whenever they drink coke.
Five Minutes Later
- At the 45-minute mark after consuming a can of soda, your dopamine levels increase.
- When the dopamine levels are higher than normal, areas of the brain are activated. You will then gain that feeling of pleasure. You can compare this to the effects of the drug, heroin.
After One Hour
Multiple reactions in the body happen almost at the same time:
- Your metabolism rapidly rises because of the phosphoric acid’s tendency to attach itself to various minerals, including calcium, zinc, and magnesium, which are located in the large intestines.
- Your calcium levels also reduce because you will be excreting them through urine due to the high amounts of sugar in the beverage.
- You urinate more, so you lose more water and electrolytes – therefore leading to loss of nutrition in the body.
Finally, sugar crash happens where every positive effect you have experienced wanes in a rather speedy manner. As a result, you become very irritable and you feel dehydrated.