The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that carbonated soft drinks like Coke, are the largest source of calories in the American diet. Coca-cola contains about 140 calories in a 12 oz. can, and 190 calories per 16 oz. Now most of the calories in soda come from simple carbohydrates in the form of HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Coke does not contain any significant amounts of vitamins or minerals. Drinking coke has nothing except empty calories that so many of us put in our bodies every single day. And, remember, high fructose corn syrup is one of the WORST things we can put in our bodies!
When you drink a can of coke, the first thing that happens is your body absorbs all that sugar, (about 10 teaspoons OF SUGAR per can). Within 20 minutes, the liver responds to the sugar rush turning sugars in the body into fat to be stored for later when we need energy. As the body begins to adjust to all the sugar in Coke, the caffeine begins to take effect. The caffeine absorption process begins within 15 minutes. Caffeine causes blood pressure to rise....the rise of blood pressure will automatically process more sugar into the liver which turns that sugar into fat....and here comes the pounds!
Soft drink consumption is a major factor contributing to osteoporosis. Soft drinks have also been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones to compensate. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are very high and contain no calcium. The result....osteoporosis. Also, researchers have found by drinking 2 or more colas a day can cause kidney stones to form which leads to kidney damage. Not to mention, Coke is one of the most acidic beverages on the market!
We really need to go back to the days when most families only drank soda for special occasions. If there was a birthday party, or a holiday, that was the only time soda was offered. Now, not only is soft drink consumption huge, (as well as waistlines), but the amounts being offered are massive. We are getting nothing but empty calories from soda along with:
- Impaired growth in children
- High risk of kidney stones
- Risk of kidney damage
Now, don't think you are in the clear because you drink DIET SODA....wait until I give you the facts about that...you may want to reconsider what you are spending your money on....