The Frightening Truth Behind Soda And What It Does To Your Body
Every time you put a soda (like Coca-Cola) to your lips, you assault your body and its organs. To learn the frightening truth behind soda and what it does to your body, continue reading.
This is what happens to your body when you drink soda
Within the first 10 minutes
An average of TEN teaspoons of sugar enter into your system. This is already 100% of your recommended daily intake. Normally, you would vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness, but have no fear, food scientists have this covered – the phosphoric acid added to the soda cuts the strong flavor, which prevents you from puking your brains out.
Within the first 20 minutes
The sugars are absorbed through the intestinal wall and sent to the liver, where they are converted into glucose and then released. Blood sugar (glucose) levels elevate, your pancreas senses this spike and responds by secreting the hormone, insulin, into the bloodstream.
The insulin, in turn, allows glucose to move from the bloodstream into the cells in your body. Your muscle cells either use the glucose as an energy source or store it in a slightly altered form called “glycogen”, but… wait… this happy little hormonal response is about to get wild.
Insulin also stimulates fat synthesis and fat storage, and since a high insulin surge just occurred following your high-carbohydrate drink/meal, a large percentage of the carbohydrates/sugars consumed will be converted into fat, leading to an increase in fat storage within your body.
Within 40 minutes
Your body has absorbed the caffeine from the soda beverage. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your pancreas reacts by dumping even more sugar/glucose into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.
These high insulin levels can also cause too much glucose to enter your cells. When this happens, your blood sugar level not only drops, but it drops below normal levels, causing low blood sugar (glucose) levels, also known as hypoglycemia. (See what happens “After 60 minutes”).
Around 45 minutes
Your body increases dopamine production, which in return stimulates pleasure centers in your brain. This is a physically identical response to that of heroin! WWWeeeeeeee! Sounds cool, right? Well, just wait, there’s something not so pleasant waiting for you around the corner.
Around 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. As a result of this action, the urinary excretion of calcium, a nutrient that is essential for our bodies to function optimally, increases. Oh-oh.
After 60 minutes
The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play, causing you to have to pee. It is now assured that you will evacuate bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as hydrating minerals such as sodium, electrolytes and water. Not only are vital nutrients being stripped and prevented from going to your bones, but a dehydrating strain upon the body is also developing.
You have literally peed away all the water that was in the Coke/soda… but not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for hydrating your system or building strong bones and teeth. This contributes to a decrease in bone density, thus putting you at future risk for fractures and severe health conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
After 60 minutes (continued)
As the rave inside of you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash, also known as hypoglycemia/low blood sugar. You may become irritable and/or sluggish, fatigued, light-headed and hungry (or in many cases, HANGRY!).
It’s quite possible that you will now be on a mission to satisfy your hunger and cravings. Maybe you will dive face first into a food binge. Those potato chips and chocolate that weren’t appealing to you earlier (pre-soda) are now screaming out for attention and look mighty inviting.
If you happen to make poor nutrition choices at this time by throwing more refined carbohydrates and sugars into your body, all that craziness that happened with your hormones and blood sugar levels may very easily start all over from the beginning, and there you have it… a vicious, ugly (and dangerous) fat storing cycle, which may lead to serious complications such as diabetes and the birth of the infamous muffin top.
Yes… I said it… MUFFIN TOP!!
So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week! You would have a war within your body happening EVERY day. The health consequences of this are HUGE.
Health dangers of soda
Just one extra can of soda per day can add as much as 10-15 pounds to your weight over the course of ONE year.
- One soda per day increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.
- Drinking soda on a daily basis makes you more likely to develop heart disease. According to a study published in 2007 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels.
- The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.
- Soda drinkers have increased cancer risk.
- Soda has been shown to cause DNA damage, courtesy of sodium benzoate, a preservative found in many soft drinks. This chemical has the ability to turn off vital parts of your DNA, which can lead to debilitating diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s Disease.
- There are over 92 different health side effects associated with the chemical aspartame, which is used as a sugar substitute in many diet drinks. Included in this list are brain tumors, ADHD, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders, cancer, vision problems, depression and epilepsy/seizures. (To learn more about artificial sweeteners like aspartame, check out my article, “Sweet But Dangerous – The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners.” )
- Sugar and sweeteners found in soft drinks are considered more addictive than heroin and cocaine.
Get help and quit the can!
Are you a habitual soda drinker and want to lose ten pounds? Get some help and kick the can – for good. Do whatever you need to do to kick the habit. In my professional opinion, there is NO reason why you or your children should be drinking soda. None, nada, zip, zero. Soda does not provide any nutritional benefits – only hard. For tips on how to do this, please contact me for some help.
I want to hear from you
- What are your thoughts about soda? Do you drink it?
- Have you had success in quitting a soda habit? If so, do you have any tips to share with readers about what helped you remove soda from your or your children’s diets?
I want to hear from you. Your comments may help others who are struggling with a soda addiction!
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.