What Happens To Your Body After Drinking A Can Of Coke


Coca-Cola has been one of the world’s most popular soft drinks. First enjoyed in 1886, Coke was invested by D. John Pemberton and has become one of the most recognised brands in the world. An early ingredient found in the drink was actually coca leaf, which is also used to make cocaine. About nine milligrams of cocaine was found in each glass of Coca-Cola until it was removed in 1903.

Although the presence of cocaine has long been off Coca-Cola’s recipe, there continues to be other ingredients that have significant effects on your body including corn syrup. High-fructose ingredients like corn syrup have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease when consumed in large quantities. High-fructose corn syrup enhances flavour but also prevents your brain from thinking you are full. As a result, you can drink a lot of Coke and still eat large amounts of food.


Your body experiences several changes when you drink a can of Coke. In the first ten minutes, about ten teaspoons of sugar enter your system. That’s 100 per cent of the recommended daily intake for sugar. Flavouring and phosphoric acid in the Coke help you tolerate the sudden hit of sugar, otherwise you would likely vomit. After 20 minutes, your blood sugar surges and your system is slammed with a blast of insulin.

Your liver also turns the sugar into fat. Some studies into the effects of fructose have found that lab mice and rats develop insulin resistance when consuming significant amounts of fructose. Insulin resistance has been linked to obesity and heart disease as well as Type 2 diabetes. It has also been a cause in some cancers.

It takes about 40 minutes until caffeine from a can of Coke is fully absorbed by your body. Caffeine causes your pupils to dilate and your blood pressure to rise. As a result, your liver sends more sugar into the bloodstream. Caffeine also affects your brain to keep you more alert. After 45 minutes, dopamine production increases. This stimulates pleasure centres in the brain in a similar way to heroin.


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