The diet and health industry can be quite confusing to most people.

They pummel you with all sorts of so-called “important” things to be concerned with. Calories. Fat. Polyunsaturated this. Cholesterol that. But most often either left out or pushed to the bottom of the list is SUGAR and CARBS. For some reason – the stuff keeps coming, and most people pretend the elephant is not in the room. Such a strange phenomenon.

Most of the time, as people try to educate themselves about good health and their bodies – they end up worse off. Because of misinformation. Bad sources. General ignorance. And of course, greed from peddlers of awful information.

But in case anyone still “enjoys” the sugary beverages such as cola, here’s a reminder of what happens to your body. It’s probably useful to self-examine and ask why you can’t stop drinking the stuff. Check out Sugar Blues if you want a fun read!

(And be sure to build a collection of articles and videos from people who talk about the low carb, keto, carnivore successes. You’ll surely appreciate that.)


Sugar: What happens inside you

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.

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. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

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: 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.

Beyond 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.

Beyond 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, evacuated all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system or building strong bones and teeth.

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NJroute22 (site admin) is an avid traveler along NJ Route 22 (and almost all of central New Jersey!) Family man, pet lover, and property owner who has a natural curiosity for everything around.