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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Cola Drinkers, Beware: The Effect of Cola Drinks on your Body

Drinking cola may have the effect of a wake up pill on your mind and satisfy your immediate need for caffeine, but do you truly know the effect that this magical potion has on your system? Before reading what follows, please put down your can of your favorite black stuff and prepare to be shocked.

  • 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 blood 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 dialate, 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.

  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin 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, pissed away all the water that was in the Cola. 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.
Therefore, to resume what was just written, drinking cola is just like filling up your car's gas tank with dangerous super-fuel. It will give you a little boost of energy for a short while, but in the long term, your engine will suffer from it. Personally, I don't really need to be concerned about this because I usually fill up my personal gas tank with a way more nourishing fuel: Beer!

(via Orangish)


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