I grew up chugging Coke, Surge (which is now back on the shelf), Mtn. Dew, and I’m still an avid fan of the Dew. I was also one of the first lucky ones to order two cases of Surge when it was reintroduced on Amazon. However, I know better than to let my son get started on it thanks to all the studies that have gone into the effects of soda. It’s been confirmed that too much soda is not good for anyone.
But, what does one soda do to your body? An infographic has gone viral describing just that. First posted by The Renegade Pharmacist, the infographic covers what happens after 10, 20, 40, 45, and 60 minutes, and it’s caught so much attention the website it was first posted on has broke due to increased traffic.
1. First 10 minutes
Ten teaspoons of sugar hit your system (100 percent 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.
2. After 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).
3. After 40 minutes
Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
4. After 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.
5. After 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.
6. >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, electrolytes, and water.
7. >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, peed 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.
Even one soda is pretty much not healthy for you. I say this as I drink a delicious Mtn. Dew. Yes. I’m drinking toxic waste… delicious toxic waste. If you can, though, take this to heart especially regarding your children!