A tale of a harrowing hour

September 30, 2013

If you've ever wondered about sugar in soft drinks...wonder no more. Here's the delightful tale of sugar & how your body reacts to 10 teaspoons of it, which is about the amount in an average can of soda.

After you read this post, you might want to reach for a fizzy water (any water!) rather than a soda.

10 teaspoons of sugar in an average can of soda.

According to a report by Nutrition Research Center, here is what happens after drinking soda:

  • The first 10 minutes: within 10 minutes after drinking sodas, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system (100% more than the recommended daily sugar intake) and phosphoric acid cuts the overwhelming sweetness and that’s the only reason that you won’t throw up.
  • Within 20 minutes: Your body will experience an insulin burst as your blood sugar spikes while your liver turn massive amount of sugar into fat.
  • Within 40 minutes: Your body has absorbed caffeine so your blood pressure goes up and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
  • Within 45 minutes: your body releases more dopamine (dopamine stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain)—the same reaction with drug addicts and their response to heroin.
  • After 60 minutes: Phosphoric acid binds magnesium, zinc and calcium in your lower intestine and high levels of artificial sweeteners (like aspartame) or sugar increases excretion of calcium via urine. The caffeine will also come to play by dehydrating your body and you will lose a lot of water by going to bathroom. Phosphoric acid and caffeine also deplete your body from the bonded magnesium, zinc and calcium as well as sodium, electrolyte and water that were headed to your bones. After losing the valuable nutrients in your body that could have been used for hydrating or building stronger bones and teeth, you get sugar rush and your system will crash.

Don't tell me that any of this sounds appetizing.

Talk about the absolute opposite of the health benefits of Coconut Water! All those electrolytes actually hydrate rather than dehydrate you. You can read more about the health benefits of our Coconut Water here.