Soda is one of the most chosen beverages of all. When you go to a restaurant it’s always the cheapest choice, besides water. And with the unlimited refills at some places it can be tempting to choose soda over water. But does the desired taste out weigh the poor health outcomes, in short and long term?
Soda has a direct effect on the body; this is what your body goes through in the first hour after drinking 1 can of coke.
At 10 Minutes- The ten table spoons of sugar that is in one can of soda, hits your blood stream. Ten grams of sugar is the recommended daily dose, this means you would get your entire days worth of sugar in one can of soda.
At 20 Minutes- Your blood sugar spikes which causes a burst of insulin. The liver takes the sugar and transforms it into fat. What makes things worse is the fact that high fructose corn syrup is used instead of sugar (sucrose). Fructose is primarily digested in the liver and unless the liver cells need sugar it is automatically turned to fat.
At 40 Minutes- Caffeine absorption is complete and the adenosine receptors in the brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.
At 45 Minutes- Your body ups your dopamine stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain, this is the same way heroin does.
At 60 Minutes- The phosphoric acid from the soda binds with calcium, magnesium, and zinc. The caffeine’s diuretic properties now kick in and all those nutrients will exit your body through your urine. You will begin to have a sugar crash and become dehydrated.
Now can you imagine the effect in your body by drinking a Big Gulp?
There are studies directly relating drinking soda and other sugar beverages with an increase in diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic disease.
An eight year study was done on women and sugar beverages, and the results stated that those who drink one or more sugary beverages are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks
Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, recently made a strong case that there is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases.