We all have our moments of epiphany, and one of mine was over 40 years ago. I was 16 and drinking a Coke and when I moved my teeth back and forth, it felt like my teeth were disintegrating!
From that moment on, I have not drank sugared and/or caffeinated beverages. Millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide regularly drink Coke and/or associated highly sugared and caffeinated products. You may not know it, but you can be on the path towards a diabetic life!
Here are some sad facts surrounding Coke:
- Americans ingest 1.7 million tons — or 10.8 pounds per person — of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone. Sugarstacks.com
- Americans drink an average of 399 servings of Coke products per year. 50% of these are Coke brands, and 63% of those are Coca-Cola Classic. That comes out to 125.7 Classic Coke servings per person.
- With 39 grams of sugar per serving, that means the average American consumes 4.9 kilograms per year — or 10.8 pounds.
So what DOES happen when you drink that Coke or related product? Here’s a step by step narration of what happens in the first hour after drinking a Coke:
Here it is according to Dr. Mercola, of http://www.mercola.com
Within the first 10 minutes,10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.
Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.
After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash.
Repeat every 2 or 3 hours every day of your life, and you are headed down a path that it is difficult to return from. Just think of what the effects are on your liver, your pancreas, and your bloodstream.
The average American drinks more than 60 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. Not to mention the fact that it’s also your largest source of dangerous high-fructose modified corn syrup.
Let’s take a look at some of the other major components of a can of soda:
- Phosphoric Acid: Which can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones.
- Sugar: It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar. Sugar is so bad for your health in so many ways, I even created an entire list outlining 100-Plus Ways in Which Sugar Can Damage Your Health
- Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures.
- Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.
- Tap Water: I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks.
There are SO many healthier options for you! Become educated, and do everything you can to REGAIN and MAINTAIN the healthiest lifestyle possible.