I think I may have shared with you that I’ve been trying to stay away from dark sodas, namely Coke. I received an email several months ago that talked about all the terrible ways that soda is killing you with every sip. At first, I blew it off and figured it was one of those urban legend email chains, but the more I thought I about it, the more it started to make sense that all the God-knows-what that goes into those cans, can’t possibly be adding years to my life. I did a little digging and found some interesting information about the effects of coke on the body and it goes a little something like this. In the first 10 minutes 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down. In the next 20 minutes you begin to feel the first real effects on your body. 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. (Theres plenty of that at this particular moment). Fourty minutes later, 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. Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. The effect of coke is physically the same way heroin works, by the way. Isn’t that crazy! The funny thing is that I began writing this post with the intent of sharing with you all the millions of reasons why Coke is so much cooler than Pepsi, but now I feel a little disgusted and ashamed. Okay girls, well if I haven’t said it before, I’m saying it now. I am not drinking anymore soda. Okay I said it, so let me hurry up and log off before I change my mind and delete this post as if it never existed.
P.S. I have no idea why I look so perturbed in these pictures. I don’t remember what was going on that day, but I don’t remember feeling like I look…upset.
- What happens in your body when you drink a Coke (thebuzzmedia.com)
- Put That Can Down! 5 Reasons to Give Up Soda (fitsugar.com)
- What’s in That Stuff, Anyway? (lewrockwell.com)