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Does Your Body Have These Changes After You Drink A Can Of Coke?

Does Your Body Have These Changes After You Drink A Can Of Coke?

An infographic titled What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke? created by former pharmacist Niraj Naik and published on the blog The Renegade Pharmacist rapidly went viral. The infographic was praised and criticized, which prompted us to research the statements to validate whether they are accurate. Keep reading if you seek practical advice about the effects of Coke or other cola drinks on your health.

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    What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke – Infographic | The Renegade Pharmacist

    The First 10 Minutes After Drinking Coke

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that a coca cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and that phosphoric acid prevents us from vomiting after drinking it.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to the Coca-Cola website, a 12 fl oz can contains 39 grams of sugar, which is approximately 10 teaspoons. This statement is factual. Phosphoric acid is added to Coke to give it a tangy flavor. Nonetheless, the flavoring does not prevent vomiting. This claim is exaggerated. For example, many brands of orange, grape, and apple juices also contain 10 teaspoons of sugar without the phosphoric acid and we can easily chug a 12-ounce juice drink without vomiting.

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    CAUTION: Phosphoric acid, which is a substance found in Coke and other cola drinks, is a controversial ingredient. It is highly acidic and linked to low bone mineral density (BMD) in older women. It is a substance that should be limited in those who are worried about low BMD.

    After 20 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that blood sugar spikes cause insulin to burst. As a result, the liver turns the sugar into fat.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to Livestrong, if sugar calories are not used as energy immediately after they are consumed, they are converted into body fat. Keep in mind that sodas in the US such as Coke contain fructose, which is more prone to be stored as body fat than other types of sugar.

    The good news is, it is possible to burn the 140 calories that a 12-ounce Coke contains. Burning 140 calories varies person-to-person by gender, age, height, and weight. For example, a 25-year-old woman who weighs roughly 130 pounds can burn these calories by jogging approximately 20 minutes. You can calculate your own burn rate by using a Calorie Burn Calculator.

    CAUTION: According to the University of Rochester, sugary soft drinks add calories to your diet and raise insulin levels, which results in visceral fat (fat within the abdominal cavity). Too much visceral fat can raise certain blood proteins and result in metabolic syndrome.

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    After 40 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that the caffeine causes your blood pressure to rise, more sugar to be dumped into your bloodstream, and your pupils to dilate.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to this study, caffeine causes a temporary increase in blood pressure. Coffee was primarily researched and it contains more caffeine than cola drinks; however, a raise in blood pressure is a legitimate concern for some. For example, the researchers concluded that caffeine might be harmful to those with hypertension.

    There is a debate about whether caffeine in Coke contributes to increased sugar dumped into your bloodstream if you are a healthy adult. Yet, according to WebMD, those with type 2 diabetes can have clinically significant blood-sugar elevations as a result of caffeine use.

    According to Livestrong, caffeine interacts with adenosine receptors in the brain and adrenaline (epinephrine) increases. Because of the increased adrenaline (“fight or flight” hormone), your pupils dilate after caffeine ingestion.

    CAUTION: According to WebMD, for those with type 2 diabetes, caffeine can interfere with glucose control.

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    After 45 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that your body ups your dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – much like the drug heroin.

    TRUE AND FALSE: It cannot be denied that caffeine is addictive and it improves mood, but caffeine represents a minimal risk (even when abused) when compared to other stimulant drugs, according to Pharmacological Reviews.

    CAUTION: Again, according to Pharmacological Reviews, a small number of people are more prone to compulsive caffeine use and might have problems reducing or eliminating it.

    After 60 Minutes

    STATEMENT: At 60 minutes, Naik claims that you will experience a sugar crash and the diuretic properties come into play (you will urinate). He warns that important nutrients are robbed from your body.

    TRUE: It is well known that caffeine is a diuretic, which causes increased urination. Cola drinks such as Coke might seem to quench your thirst, but ultimately they cause you to lose fluid.

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    Moreover, there appears to be a connection between soda and osteoporosis, which indicates there could be calcium loss as a result of this tasty drink. According to WebMD, researchers at Tufts University found that women who drank three or more colas a day had almost a 4% lower BMD in the hip (with calcium and vitamin D intake controlled).

    And last of all, many can experience a sugar crash after eating high carbohydrate meals, high sugar foods, and high sugar beverages, such as Coke. Typically, you can feel nervousness, headaches, dizziness, and a variety of other symptoms. Reactive Hypoglycemia is the technical term and it is real for some people. WebMD recommends that you avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks to prevent reactive hypoglycemia from occurring.

    CAUTION: What Naik does not mention is caffeine’s half-life is about six hours. This means, if you ingest 200 mg of caffeine at 6:00 PM with dinner, half of that caffeine is still in your system at midnight.

    Conclusion

    It’s common knowledge that too much sugar is harmful to our health and waistline, but how much is too much?

    For reference, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that we should reduce the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of our total energy intake. Take these guidelines into consideration: a 30-year-old woman who exercises moderately each day should limit her sugar intake to approximately 25 grams. Consider that energy intake varies depending on many factors. If you want to calculate your personal total energy expenditure, use this calculator.

    As for caffeine intake, the Mayo Clinic indicates that up to 400 milligrams of caffeine appears to be safe for most healthy adults, which equals 4 cups of brewed coffee or 10 cans of Coke.

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    Last Updated on December 13, 2018

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

    A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

    1. Eat Before Heading Out

    First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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    2. Select The Treats

    Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

    3. Avoid Skipping Meals

    Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

    4. Drink With Moderation

    It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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    5. Be Active

    You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

    6. Get Out Of The House

    Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

    7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

    Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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    8. Set Realistic Goals

    You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

    9. Enjoy Yourself

    Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

    10. Drink A Lot Of Water

    This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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    11. Eat Less And More Often

    Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

    12. Prioritize Your Workouts

    Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

    So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

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