Coca Cola’s Surprising Effects on Your Body
If you enjoy drinking Coca-Cola, you may be surprised to find out exactly what is in the drink and what it can potentially do to your body. In fact, after you are finished reading this article you may decide that you never want to drink Coca-Cola again. Many people have the misconception that because something is offered and is readily available without much regulation, that it is relatively safe to consume. Unfortunately, this is really not the case and the ingredients that are included in Coca-Cola only serve to exemplify how dangerous many of the products that people consider to be safe actually are. While it is true that the ingredients which are contained in Coca-Cola range from relatively harmless to nothing short of frightening, it is also worth noting the effects that drinks like Coca-Cola have on the body.
Understanding the chemicals in Coca-Cola will help you understand why the drink has the effects that it does. One of coca Cola’s most popular products it is Coca-Cola Light, which is marketed as a drink that contains zero caffeine. However, a more in-depth look at the ingredients that are contained in the drink raise a lot of eyebrows, to say the least. For example, it contains carbonated water, sodium benzoate, citric acid, orthophosphoric acid, aspartame, sodium cyclamate, food coloring and assorted aromas. It is important to look at each of these ingredients in order to truly understand what is included in the drink. Of course, the aromas are basically there to make the drink smell good so you will drink it. Furthermore, the citric acid, listed on the ingredients as E330, is a food preservative that is widely used in many products which are available for purchase. Another ingredient on the list, E150D, is merely a food coloring. The other products on the list, however, are worth looking at more in-depth.
You may think that carbonated water is basically harmless. However, the action of carbonating the water is accomplished by adding gases to it. This in turn increases the potential for gas inside the body and it can lead to a number of uncomfortable conditions such as bloating and stomach pain. In severe cases, or if you are especially sensitive, the pain may become so severe that it is debilitating.
Orthophosphoric acid, listed as E338, is one of the drink’s most abundant ingredients. It is also the most infamous. A scary thing about this particular ingredient is that it is so corrosive that it must be trucked in using special containers in order to guard against the containers becoming corroded by this ingredient. It is a frightening prospect to think of putting anything in your body that is so dangerous that it can corrode steel on contact. However, it is a prevalent ingredient in Coca-Cola. Inside the body, it typically prevents the absorption of calcium, leading to bone density problems. This in turn may lead to more serious problems later on such as osteoporosis and even broken bones. It also adversely affects the eyes and even the skin, often causing painful skin rashes that can lead to infections.
Another one of Coca-Cola’s ingredients, sodium benzoate, or E 211, can be potentially dangerous if you happen to have an allergic reaction to aspirin or if you have asthma. It has a tendency to exacerbate these conditions and can make your asthma worse in a matter of seconds. According to Sheffield University in Britain, a study found that has the ability to deactivate human DNA. This is a frightening prospect in its own right. The deactivation of DNA may lead to Parkinson’s disease and other diseases that are associated with it. It can also cause cirrhosis of the liver, a potentially fatal disease.
Coca-Cola Light relies on aspartame in order to get its sweet taste. Known as E951, aspartame is a sugar substitute which actually breaks down into methanol under certain conditions. When aspartame gets hot enough, it actually has the capability of transforming into the gas methanol, which may cause blindness due to irreversible optic nerve damage. While it is unlikely that it could become that hot in a can of Coca-Cola, one thing that does frequently happen in warm drinks is that it actually turns into formaldehyde. This is the same thing that is used to preserve specimens in labs. Formaldehyde inside the human body causes a host of potential medical problems. Some people exhibit hearing and memory loss, blurry vision, joint pain, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness and even heart palpitations. Obviously, anyone who is predisposed to any of these conditions may have an exceptionally adverse reaction, especially if Coca-Cola is consumed in large amounts. Other people suffer from anxiety issues or become irritable. Some people even lose consciousness after consuming Coca-Cola. Diseases associated with aspartame consumption include chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Grave’s disease, multiple sclerosis and even brain tumors. That is definitely enough to make you think twice about consuming anything that has aspartame in it.
Finally, the last ingredient is sodium cyclamate, better known as E952. This is an artificial sweetener that was originally banned by the FDA due to evidence that it could cause cancer. However, it was later determined by the World Health Organization that it was safe for human consumption and now appears in Coca-Cola as well as other products. However, the evidence that it has the potential to cause cancer still exists.
Now that you know what is in Coca-Cola, it will help you better understand how it affects the body and why those effects are taking place. Almost immediately after you finish drinking a can of Coca-Cola, you have what amounts to approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar in your body. It takes all this sugar approximately 20 minutes to cause the insulin in your blood to skyrocket as the liver starts changing the sugar into fat. This fat is then stored in your body and unlike fat from food, it is very difficult to get rid of. Approximately 40 minutes after you have consumed a can of regular Coca-Cola, the caffeine is affecting the body to the greatest extent. This causes your blood pressure and your heart rate to go up. You feel more awake, but you are also jittery and you may become irritable. Almost immediately thereafter, a chemical called dopamine is produced in your brain. This is a chemical that is designed to produce a sense of euphoria. It is also basically the same effect that heroin addicts experience when they shoot up. A few minutes later, and approximately 1 hour after you have consumed a can of Coca-Cola, your metabolism rises, but not in a good way. Zinc, magnesium and calcium are bound by the phosphoric acid contained in the brink. This means that your body is largely unable to use anything in the drink that may be helpful. Virtually all of the calcium in your body is then expelled in your urine. After that, you essentially experience the “crash” that comes after consuming large amounts of sugar because any positive effects have gone, leaving you feeling exhausted and mentally dazed.
The news doesn’t end there. Coca-Cola’s supposed “secret” ingredient is a diluted form of cocaine, hence its name. The scary thing is that this product is frequently used to clean engines and remove rust from tools, as well as to wash out blood and other stains. Some police officers even use it to remove blood from roadways after an accident has occurred. Moreover, people in other countries typically use it as a pesticide because it works better than many of the pesticides on the market.
When you consider all of these facts it is extremely easy to understand why many physicians warn against people drinking Coca-Cola or virtually any other soft drink. It is definitely something that you should consider the next time you are craving one of these drinks.