What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can Of Coke

Something that really surprised me when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet.

After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the fat they were eating!

I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

Fructose is the form of high fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger.

It is also often found in ‘low fat’ supposedly healthy alternatives and even many popular weight loss products because food with the fat taken out simply tastes horrible. High fructose corn syrup in combination with many other additives are usually added to enhance the flavor.

Glucose is the type of sugar our body loves. It gets metabolized by every cell in our body and is very easy to burn with very few toxic by-products. It also tells the brain to stop eating when you are full.

Fructose on the other hand is another type of sugar and is found in sucrose which breaks down to glucose and fructose.

Fructose is actually only metabolized by the liver and it’s very similar to ethanol (the alcohol in drinks).  When you consume it, it’s actually like ethanol but without the high. It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process.  It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full.  This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.

Many fruits also contain fructose, but nature has provided the antidote, as these fruits are also packed with fibre which prevents your body from absorbing too much of it.

When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets free from processed foods, even if they say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.

In many cases I asked people to just stop their consumption of fizzy drinks like Coca Cola  and instead swap it with either plain water, or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor.

Green tea is also a great alternative, and it is one of my personal favorites because it contains alpha wave stimulating theanine that also double serves as an antidote to the harmful effects of caffeine.

Those who loved to drink tea and coffee sweetened with lots of sugar, I advised to swap with natural sweeteners like stevia instead. This alone had some remarkable results.

There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!! A very significant percentage of that is through supermarket chains like WALMART.

Read more: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/about-us/coca-cola-by-numbers.html

So you can imagine how unpopular I became in WALMART’s head office in the UK with my information strongly advising people to stop drinking fizzy drinks like Coke!

I recently came across a great article by Wade Meredith that explains very well what happens when you drink just 1 can of Coca Cola and this applies to pretty much most caffeinated soft drinks, not just Coke!

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2010/06/23/mental-health-well-being/what-happens-to-your-body-if-you-drink-a-coke-right-now/

When somebody drinks a can of Coke or any similar sugary caffeine drink, watch what happens…

  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, electrolyte 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, 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.

Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine. Regular consumption of these ingredients in the high quantities you find in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

If you care about your heart, health and mind then please remember this article next time you reach for that bottle of Coke!

Peace and blessings


P.S Here are some testimonials of patients who got well after following my simple health advice:

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  1. susan
    3 years ago

    Very Interesting. Not surprised. Glad someone is giving up the truth about coke and all soda beverages.

  2. Belinda
    3 years ago

    Thanks for caring and for revealing the truth. I hope your article will be widely shared.

  3. Janice Patrice Hart
    3 years ago

    This is very important information that everyone needs to know. This has to be major contributing factor to the unhealthiness of the western world.

  4. Mike
    3 years ago

    Great article! A lot of people know about the dangers of consuming these types of drinks but continue to consume anyway. Beats me!

  5. Don
    3 years ago

    I totally agree with your findings. I used to be addicted to Coke and Pepsi and drink it all day long. I had been advised by many holistic health practitioners to stop this consumption because of all the harmful effects that you mentiioned. It was actually the thousands of dollars in dental costs that got my attention at first. I really lost a lot of excess weight when I stopped drinking the soda pop and eating processed foods like micro waved frozen dinners. It was a holistic nutritionist that convinced me to stop poisoning my body with all the above and turn to a more holistic and organic diet. Thank you for stepping forward with this information that is critical for people to read and understand.

  6. Denise Johnson
    3 years ago

    Soda was never good for us, took it off my grocery list since 30 yrs. ago.

  7. Sudhakar
    3 years ago

    Hey, forget about coke, i don’t even drink tea/coffee nor smoke but as a yoga therapist i
    will definitely pass this information to all my students. Thanks and God bless. Cheers! :o)

  8. juli
    3 years ago

    Serious if u can clean engines an coins like bran new using soda products ..what is dose to your body is worst..seriously what a way for the government to utilize population control…I stopped drinking soda a while ago an I was addicted as well as many..now I’m free of that 🙂 thankyou the info is right on..I pray people heed the warning.

  9. Owen
    3 years ago

    Hi Niraj,

    The issue travels the spectrum of obesity reward entitlement of children aswell as sdults. Lets exchange boxes and bars of sugar laden candy and desserts for bars laden with fresh fruit and coat them with dark chocolate. We can call the tune by refusing to be poisoned by sweets pushers and dealers. Lets look at all things that are healthy sweet not chemically sweet.

    It has been a while Niraj but these are issues that not only effect us but reduce the quality of life for our children and our childrens children. And this is cause and effect for a medical establihment that profits from dietary related illness. Lets drink natural and healthy that actually taste good, like beverages made from bulk filler like pure rainwater. If greed is the name of the game then could unsold retail shelves and vending machines with a penny in them cause the greedy to change??

    All the best,

  10. William
    3 years ago

    Your facts assist people to make informed decisions! Thank you.

  11. Carol
    3 years ago

    Nij, I love you and I wouldnt get too excited over this OLD news. Its been out there for a long time and the people who are still drinking colas in any form are not going to change. You can disseminate the info , which is great just dont expect the stores to stop carrying what their customers want to buy. Would you expect them to stop carrying fat laden chips, sugery candies, cookies and cakes? NO because these things sell.
    It is the responsibility of each individual to monitor what they eat and do.
    Its good that you care.

  12. lynn
    3 years ago

    My husband and I have coke/pepse maybe once a year. I rather have Gingerale instead when I have pizza. Otherwise we don’t drink the stuff. What a savings for our health and pocketbook too. Have you ever notice that the rolls at McDonald are sweeter than the ones in the grocery store? This is a great article and I’m going to pass it on. Thanks

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  14. Dan
    3 years ago

    Great article. You need to publish more articles of this kind and expose money hungry harbingers of disease and death.

  15. Littlechic
    3 years ago

    So nice to finally see this information in print. My doctor told me years ago that because I am small boned I would be prone to osteoporosis and needed to do everything I could to increase and preserve calcium. The first thing he warned me about was that all soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and it depletes calcium. I never really liked the taste of Coke but was heavy on the 7UP. That day I stopped drinking any and all soda pop. Trying to get my kids to do the same. Thanks so much for putting this to print.

  16. Richard
    3 years ago

    Certainly, people need to be informed and convinced to stop drinking this stuff.

    But Coke needs to be lobbied to stop using fructose and go back to glucose — that move alone would probably save many lives and reduce the cost of health care.

  17. ian
    3 years ago

    Coke is Death

  18. Chris
    3 years ago

    I buy my dry green and brown tea at wal-mart. Great selection.

  19. Maurice Hilarius
    3 years ago

    To recap: The sugar kills you.
    Fructose, glucose, or whatever, this is poisoning by sugar.
    Fruit juice, chocolate milk, etc. are all doing the same thing.
    And that is the important point to make here:

    If there is that much sugar, do not drink it. = POISON!

    Of course artificial sweeteners pretty much remove the risk.

  20. Guenter
    2 years ago

    Great that speak your mind.
    Let people know – because they need to know a lot.
    Coca Cola is just a part of American cullture.
    For me it’s something I would clean my car engine with,

  21. wendy
    2 years ago

    Keep putting this out there! I remember reading this when you posted it and have told a lot of people about this. Thank you for the informative information it’s so important.

  22. Loyd Robertson
    10 months ago

    For all to read & heed!!!!!!