Dangers of Coca Cola and Similar Soft Drinks

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.  If you know anyone that drinks any sort of sweetened carbonated beverage, they all have similar results to these as tested using Coca Cola (r).  The same pretty much happens with any other soft drink so don’t run out and buy some other sort of carbonated, sugar sweetened soft drink.  The same can be said about anything with high fructose corn syrup. But, today, I just want to focus on Coca Cola.

When somebody drinks a 16 oz. Coca Cola or similar product, watch what happens!

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system (over 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. If your body did not produce phosphoric acid, you would almost immediately vomit it back up.
  • 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.
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption from the Coca Cola is complete. Your pupils dilate. Your blood pressure rises. Your livers continues dumping more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing the drowsiness you would normally feel from the effects of the sugar, because of the caffeine.
  • 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.
  • 60 minutes and beyond: 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. Not good if you want to have healthy strong bones.
  • 60 Minutes and beyond: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play making you have to urinate. As you do, your body urinates the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones, as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water which are all vital to your health and energy level. As the spinning metabolic top inside of you stops spinning, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish, even drowsy. In some instances a person can barely keep their eyes open. As the digestive cycle of your drink come to an end, you have urinated all the water that was in the Coke along with the valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like having the ability to hydrate your body, and build strong bones and teeth.

Note:  The metabolic events that I have just outlined do not include the harmful affects of carbonation found in all sodas. It also does not include the dangerous affects of artificial sweeteners that are almost entirely produced from aspartame, a sweetener that has mounting scientific evidence that it is the cause of a great many of modern society’s chronic health issues, including brain lesions and cancer. Read more about aspartame here.

If I could encourage you to do anything positive for your health that I could, and you would only do one single thing that I asked, it would be for you to stop drinking carbonated beverages (diet or otherwise), and to stop giving them to your children. The health hazards are as bad as heroin.

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Death by High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Sugar is No Different

“Death by sugar” is not an overstatement…

Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary factor causing not just obesity, but also chronic and lethal disease. There’s really no doubt anymore that sugar is indeed toxic to your body, and it’s only a matter of time before it will be commonly accepted as a causative factor of most cancer, in the same way as we accept that smoking and alcohol abuse are direct causes of lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, is one of the leading experts on childhood obesity, and has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted the major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used by the human body.

If you haven’t already seen it I would strongly encourage you to watch Dr. Lustig’s lecture.  He really is a very compelling lecturer and you will learn loads, particularly about fructose, is ruining your health biochemically.

Because as Dr. Lustig points out, sugar acts as a toxic substance that wreaks havoc on your health.

Changing Our Diets Could Save U.S. $1 Trillion per Year

For the first time in history, “lifestyle” diseases — diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers — are killing more people than communicable diseases. And treating these entirely preventable illnesses costs more than one-seventh of the U.S. GDP.  So it stands to reason that simply preventing these diseases could save the US health care system around one trillion dollars a year!  How do we prevent them?  By putting an end to this insane over-consumption of sugar.

A video posted on YouTube in July 2009 on the biochemistry of fructose has gone viral with more than 800,000 views so far. Many of those views are no doubt due to this newsletter, as my two previous articles on Dr. Lustig’s work Sugar May Be Bad, But This Sweetener is Far More Deadly, and This Common Food Ingredient Can Really Mess Up Your Metabolism alone have OVER one million views.

People are watching the lecture at the rate of 50,000 a month, even though it’s 90 minutes long, The New York Times reports. Calling sugar a “toxin” or a “poison” 13 times, and referring to it as “evil” five times, the video’s author, Robert Lustig explains that sugar is sugar, whether it’s the white granulated stuff – commonly known as sucrose – or high fructose corn syrup.

And his stance has nothing to do with calories, according to the NYT: “It’s a poison by itself,” he says.

“If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years,” the NYT says. “But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.”

The NYT added that Lustig has “a mass” of evidence to back up his claims.

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