“A rare glass of soda is not poison, but a can of cola a day certainly is”
Coca-Cola, or Coke, is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company. It was originally intended as a patent medicine–invent in the late 19th century by John Pemberton. The drink name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola nuts (a source of caffeine) and coca leaves. The current formula of Coca-Cola remains a secret. Although some various experiments and recipes have been reported.
Sugary drinks such as Coke and others are the major contributor to vandalize the health conditions of a human body as their excessive consumption causes diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart diseases, Obesity, Tooth decay, Fat in Liver and other chronic diseases. How exactly do we come to be pouring this highly acidic Coca-cola down our throat over and over again each day and feel so refresh, right? Do you ever think what kind of effect is this acidic drink is having on our health conditions?
Ingredients of Coca Cola
- Carbonated water
- Sugar (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup)
- Phosphoric acid
- Caramel color
- Natural flavorings
Side Effects of Caffeine and Sugar
These products are invariably present within the sweetened soft drinks.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a plant product that is most commonly present in coffee beans, tea, soft drinks, cocoa and chocolate. The main component of Coca Cola is kola nuts which is a source of caffeine and cocoa leaves which also includes caffeine. Despite our familiarity with this stimulating and flavor-giving substance. Caffeine is still regularly misunderstood and has a tons of effects on our health.
How does Caffeine in Coca Cola affects our Body?
The amount of caffeine in Coca Cola is relatively small, 9.6 – 12.8 milligrams of caffeine per 100ml serving or 24 – 32mg per 250mL cup – a moderate amount for most people. But if you drink many cans per day or if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may experience shakiness, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, abnormal heart rhythms and insomnia. Caffeine can also interfere with medications and supplements. Caffeine acts as a stimulant by exerting an effect on the central nervous system.
The effects of caffeine on the body may begin as early as 15 minutes after ingesting and last up to six hours. The phosphoric acid contained in coke along with caffeine, starts washing nutrients like calcium, magnesium and zinc and vitamins. This is how vitamin deficiency starts. After 45 Minutes Caffeine consumption is complete, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises and after 60 Minutes the Diuretic properties of caffeine steps in and makes you pee. In this way it evacuates calcium which was for your bones. It also clears water.
What is Sugar?
A sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, especially sugar cane and sugar beet. It consists essentials of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drink.
How does Sugar in Coca Cola affects our Body?
A can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons, more than normal amount of sugar allowed which is 5 teaspoons per day. When we consume cola daily, it will exceed your normal sugar level. Sugary ingredients of Coca-Cola cause tooth enamel and cavities. As, Cola reduces your vitamins like Calcium and in that case your teeth will rotting inside and outside. And it won’t take long. Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and plummet.
After 10 Minutes of consuming a can of Coke, 10 Teaspoons of Sugar hit your body. Your sugar level in Blood boosts up and causes an Insulin burst. Your liver then turns this sugar into fat and hence you’ll get your liver disturb. Sugar also increases your Cholesterol Level. A bad cholesterol level ends up in having great chances of Heart attack. Sugar makes a person obese. Also increases stress also a high-sugar diet often results in chromium deficiency.
Is Coke Acidic?
Have you ever thought how acidic coke can be? Well coke is the most acidic beverage present in the market. Coke is the closest to pH level of vinegar. The pH of Coke is between 2.0 to 3.4. The battery acid whose pH is 1 is too acidic to damage your skin. Then think what can a can of coke or it’s regular consumption can do?
Side Effects of Acid in Coca-Cola
The acid available in soda effects your digestive system. Because of acid available in coke, Calcium phosphate evacuates from our body in other to neutralize it. Calcium is very essential for our bones and teeth. The more consumption of acidity in coke, the more calcium phosphate is drawn.
Side Effects of Phosphoric Acid
Most of the acid in Cola comes from Phosphoric Acid. Your mouth, esophagus and throat has irritation because of phosphoric acid. Regular consumption of coke can effect them. People say that the Hydrochloric Acid present in stomach is more acidic than phosphorus acid. And also it will reduce the acidity in coke. Unfortunately, regular consumption of coke is damaging to HCL present in our stomach.
Acidity in coke also consumes the protein in out body. The acidity of coke damages your skin. It dehydrates our skin along with appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on our face. Consumption of coke makes our skin looks dull, also increases acne. Moreover, the Benzene Molecules present in coke and plastic package, it is highly recommended to avoid drinking coke to reduce risk of cancer.
Better late than never. Start avoiding using the consumption of coke and you will not get the above mentioned problems. It maybe difficult for you to quit drinking coke. It is mainly because of the caffeine which is addictive. Start drinking water instead of coke and you’ll be healthier, fresher and less weighted. If you think diet coke is better then no offense to coke lovers it’s not. You’ll be disappointed to know that the artificial sweetners have a bad affect on your kidneys. We know that Coca-cola tastes too good to drink. It’s quite refreshing and makes you feel so good. But imagine the side effects caused by it’s consumption. These days, videos of Coke showing it as a remover of rust on metals and cars and also it melts teeth are going viral. This has caused people to question and they’re stop consuming coke.
*Taste or your health? The choice is yours*