60 Minutes of Coca-Cola

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the harmful effects of soda and soft drinks on the body. However, a new infographic shows exactly what happens in the body within 60 minutes of drinking arguably the most popular drink in the world, Coca-Cola.


Quiztoknow Coke InfographicFirst 10 minutes

100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar hit your system. phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, preventing you from vomiting instantly.

20 minutes in
Your blood sugar skyrockets, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat.

40 minutes in
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.

45 minutes in
Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works.

60 minutes in
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.

After 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. 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 having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.


The infographic’s creator, former UK pharmarcist Niraj Naik adds that the same scenario applies to  most caffeinated soft drinks, not just Coke.

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