Friday, December 07, 2007

Soda pop as liquid Satan

A recent diet book termed soda pop as "liquid Satan" for how harmful it is to our health. I chuckled about the catchy term and didn't really think about it again, until... I read this narrative of what happens to our bodies when we drink a Coke. Yikes!

Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. They took the out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant.
  • 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.
  • 20 minutes: Your 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 pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your stream. 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 crack 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, ed 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 even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Coke, it’ll make you feel better.


kent said...

Yeah, but what happens if you beverage of choice is caffine free diet coke?

Brad Wright said...

Venial sin???

kent said...

I don't like deer meat! Oh wait my bad :)

Brad Wright said...


Blondie said...

I am a victim of Crack, Oops, I mean Coke. I love the taste of one, especially the "fountain version." Thanks to Coke (as well as other things), I am now hypoglycemic. I am doing my best to stay away from the stuff, as I have been warned that I am pre-diabetic. No, I'm not obese. Actually, just addicted to crack, I mean coke. I have read all that I can on sugar AND sweeteners, and sorry to tell you, but the Diet Coke can be just as bad, especially if you are already insulin resistant. Also, Splenda's main ingrediant is Maltodextrin - not Sucralose. Check out the back of the bag. Maltodextrin is a caking agent that will spike a diabetics sugar through the roof. Just some FYI. I'm not a happy camper about it, but water and unsweet tea have become my beverage of choice lately. Dang it.