Yes, we all know that soda isn’t good for us, but a graphic that’s going viral right now actually explains why. It’s pretty disturbing.
Former U.K. pharmacist Niraj Naik also known as The Renegade Pharmacist jammed all the information we like to ignore about soda into one colorful, terrifying infographic:
1. 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.
2. 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. 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, 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.
4. 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. 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, *ahem* 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.
Yikes. A reporter from The Blaze decided to test out the info for himself. He drank a can of Coke and really paid attention to the way he felt at all of the above time markers. He concluded that “when you are forced to think about the physiological aspect of going on to process that can of soda, it certainly makes you wonder if it was worth drinking.”
Naik told The Blaze that he’s “helped others wean themselves off long-term medication, especially blood pressure medication, statins and diabetic drugs. One of his first recommendations would be to stop drinking sugary beverages.”
I’m a big believer in “everything in moderation” – but this is a good reminder that soda is actually really terrible for our kids – and us. It’s good to have the information, so that you can be “bad” accordingly. It’s like those calorie signs at Starbucks. I personally love those. I like to know before I reach for something that’s only going to satisfy me for 45 minutes or so, that I’m about to blow 700 calories. Likewise with a can of Coke, it’s good to know that you’re going to ingest 140 calories via a liquid that is going to effectively suck calcium, magnesium, and zinc out of your body.
Information is good.