Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Soft Drinks are gonna kill you

Well they may not kill you, that is unless you're driving down the expressway and you happen to drop your can of Coke which makes you swerve across 14 lanes of traffic and flip your SUV over....but otherwise Coke won't kill you, but it's pretty nasty in itself.

I was surfing around and found this website that tells you exactly what happens when you drink a sugar-ladden can of soda (or as they like to call it here in the Midwest - Pop, you know I never got that, we always called it Soda, when I first moved here I thought people were trying to start fights with me, they'd always say "Hey do you want a pop?" and I'd of course throw my arms up to cover my face and fall down into the fetal position to protect myself, fortunately I got over that).

But really, Soda in general is bad for you, I should know I drink way way too much of it! So take a gander at what happens when you drink a soda pop (see, now that use of pop is fine):

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. (I assume they're talking about a regular 12oz can of soda, not the honking 20 oz bottles that are typcially the only thing available)

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. (chocolate works the same way, as I understand)

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 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.

Here's a LINK to the original article, they've got some other interesting things there as well.

So what are you drinking?


Andi said...

Right now? Slaver falling from my mouth after my root canal and various other teeth drilling things.


xmichra said...

Diet pepsi. lol...

Anonymous said...

Please don't ever post about coffee.

Karen said...

Hey, can't a grrl drink her pop in peace?