What are the immediate consequences of cola consumption?
Those who drink cola regularly damage their health. But hardly anyone has a rough idea of what exactly happens in the human body after consuming cola. The pharmacist Niraj Naik has published a graphic on his blog on "The Renegade Pharmacist" that shows exactly what happens in the first 60 minutes after eating the cola. He says, "Very few know to what extent Cola does anything to our bodies."
Given the fact that more and more people are developing illnesses from obesity, such as heart disease or diabetes, Niraj Naik asked himself what actually makes people become overweight. When it came to evaluations, he came to the conclusion that many “widespread diseases of the West such as obesity, heart diseases and diabetes are closely related to the consumption of a certain substance that is found in many processed foods and beverages - in the form of highly concentrated fructose- Syrup (also known as corn syrup). This is contained in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast food, sweets and in particularly high concentrations in carbonated soft drinks. The consumption of soft drinks is therefore extremely critical in terms of health.
What processes run in the organism after a can of cola?Niraj Naik explains exactly what happens in our body after consuming a can of cola in his current contribution, whereby he expressly points out that the consequences described can also be expected for most other carbonated soft drinks. According to the pharmacist, when someone drinks a can of cola, the following processes appear in their body:
The first 10 minutes
In the first ten minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar arrive in the body, which is 100 percent of the recommended daily dose. Normally, most people would have to vomit from such an exaggerated sweetness, but this is avoided by the phosphoric acid it contains, because it suppresses the sweet taste, reports Naik.
20 minutes later
After 20 minutes, the blood sugar peak is reached, which results in a massive release of insulin. The liver responds to this by converting any available sugar into fat.
After 40 minutes
The caffeine intake is complete 40 minutes after the consumption of cola, the pupils dilate, the blood pressure rises and the liver now responds with the increased release of sugar into the bloodstream. Blocking the adenosine receptors in the brain prevented fatigue.
After 45 minutes
After 45 minutes, dopamine production increases significantly, which stimulates the reward center in the brain. A connection with various addictions is seen here, since these also arise through the stimulation of the reward center by the narcotic drugs.
After a maximum of 60 minutes
It takes up to 60 minutes before the phosphoric acid takes full effect and binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the lower parts of the intestine. This also triggers a further metabolic boost, with the high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners leading to an increased excretion of calcium in the urine. According to Naik, the diuretic effects of caffeine also begin at the latest 60 minutes after consumption of cola. You have to pee urgently and the bound calcium, magnesium and zinc, which is actually needed for building bones, as well as sodium, electrolytes and water are excreted.
Around an hour after consuming the can of cola, the effects of sugar and caffeine begin to fade. A drop in the sugar level follows. Those affected can become irritable and / or sluggish. They have already excreted all the water that was absorbed with the cola, and at the same time the organism lost many valuable nutrients that would have been necessary, for example, to build up the bone and tooth structure.
Be aware of health risks when consuming soft drinks
According to Naik, cola also contains sugar, as well as other ingredients such as refined salts and caffeine, the regular consumption of which in large quantities can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Niraj Naik concluded that consumers should be aware of the health risks associated with the intake of a combination of sugar, carbonated water and additives such as salt and phosphorus - such as those found in cola and other soft drinks. This is also the appeal in the current video of a US consumer organization that should draw attention to the dangerousness of cola and soft drinks. (fp)