Harmful effects of drinking Coke

It’s time for me to kick Diet Coke and other sodas to the curb. Here’s what happens to your body after you drink coke or related drinks :

Within the first 10 minutes 

  • 10 teaspoons of sugar enter your system. This represents 100% of the daily recommended value. The only reason that you do no vomit due to the excessive amounts of sugar is because the phosphoric acid it contains eliminates the flavour.

Within 20 minutes 

  • Your blood-sugar levels skyrocket, and your liver responds to this explosion of insulin by converting large amounts of sugar into fat.

In less that 40 minutes 

  • The caffeine is completely absorbed; your eyes dilate, your blood pressure shoots up and your live sends more sugar into your bloodstream.

In around 45 minutes 

  • Your body increases it’s production of dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure-feeling centres of your brain, a physical reaction identical to that of heroin.

After 60 minutes 

  • Your feel fatigued as a sugar crash kicks in. 

Will this information impact your diet (or regular) soda consumption? If you cut back, how did you do it?

76 Comments Add yours

  1. maylynno says:

    I stopped it for many months and I lost 2 to 3 pounds just by quitting it!but recently I ordered one and after drinking I felt unease. Now I understand why. Thank you for your post

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    1. Garima says:

      You are very welcome. Thank you for quitting colas.

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  2. Leonard says:

    Very good points. If carbonation is what people are looking for, there is plain seltzer water or mineral water with carbonation. Very nice post!

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Leonard and thank you for sharing these options with us.

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  3. Lotus Laura says:

    Wow, scary to think about! It’s hard to avoid soda when it seems to be everywhere you go! I try to stick with water or herbal tea.

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    1. Garima says:

      Well water is the best substitute for sure.

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  4. oscaronline says:

    What of the sugar free kind.

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    1. Garima says:

      Though the research is inconsistent, some studies find that the use of artificial sweeteners may contribute to the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase disease risk

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  5. Thanks for the information. I quit 6 years ago, mostly because of concern of brain cancer/tumors caused by the sweetener in Diet Coke. Happy I did.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am happy too that you did stop drinking colas. Among women, this may lead to poor bone development or osteoporosis, a condition characterized by brittle and weak bones.

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  6. mmorran1 says:

    Actually seeing the effects of soda is really helpful to me, shows me what I’m really doing to my body 😛

    I’ve quit drinking sodas several times only to get right back on the sauce after a few months. It’s truly an addiction that I can’t seem to break! It’s harder to stay away from than smoking, which I quit cold turkey and never looked back.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahahha I can understand where you are coming from. It’s addictive for sure. But now I have conditioned my mind in such a way that every time there is an urge to drink a soda I remind myself that it is just empty calories and the muscle soreness I will have at the gym to get rid of them..ahahha

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  7. meenawalia says:

    Showed my kids ur post hopefully now they will stop demanding coke ..thanks for sharing

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    1. Garima says:

      Oh that is great. I am hope they do stop consuming coke. Calcium is an essential mineral for strong bones and teeth. Consuming high amounts of phosphoric acid and citric acid, common ingredients in sodas, can deplete the calcium from your bones and decrease calcium absorption.

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  8. inhiscare753 says:

    Wow…as an avid water drinker. The effects of soft drinks are not so soft. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes they are indeed very harmful. Consuming sugary sodas day after day can contribute to the onset of non-insulin dependent diabetes, or type 2 diabetes. The sugar in soda can also feed the bacteria in your mouth. As the bacteria break down the sugar, they release an acidic byproduct that eats away the enamel on your teeth and can increase your risk of developing cavities.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahahaha not really a beloved, is it now 😂

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      1. judeitakali says:

        Such treachery, I am betrayed. I should carry out revenge with diet coke

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      2. Garima says:

        Hahahha hahahaha exactly…revenge time it is considering what they do to our bodies.

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      3. judeitakali says:

        Yeah and the search for a healthier fizzy drink.

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  9. Hi Garima, I wanted to bring something to your kind attention but could not find your email. Please drop me a mail. I am sure you will appreciate after you find out why I asked for your email.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Nilesh, you can share here.

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      1. Okay, requesting you to please spell check the blog you wrote “Top Period Self Care Tips” This is the first time I saw these many spelling mistakes on your blog. Wanted to convey it to you in personal message, but you asked for it here

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you. Let me check

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      3. Check points 2, 4, 6 and 9

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      4. Garima says:

        Thank you for pointing these out. Just made the changes. Very kind of you.

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      5. I hope you did not feel offended. Someone helped me with my blog for the same, I am paying it forward 🙂

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      6. Garima says:

        Not at all. I really appreciate it. Grateful to your note.

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      7. I like your blogs, some of them are very helpful. Thought of writing to you but there was no mail forwarder or email address : (
        Anyways looking forward to your posts, tc 🙂

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      8. Garima says:

        Thank you again.

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  10. Frank LaManna says:

    oh no i drink a pot a day

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    1. Garima says:

      Oh no Frank. Time for a change maybe?

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      1. Frank LaManna says:

        I’ll think about it, but there’s been so many articles over the years about the benefits and hazards of coffee. I don’t know what to think, so I just drink. Ya know what I’m sayin Garima..lol

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      2. Garima says:

        Haha yea I got your point. Let me write an article on coffee now 😂

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      3. Frank LaManna says:

        Say it’s good to drink a pot a day!!

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  11. Lulu says:

    Wow, interesting data 🤓

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Lulu. The truth of colas

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      1. Lulu says:

        I knew it wasn’t good, but I never knew the way it breaks down in your system

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      2. Garima says:

        Then I am glad you came across this tip.

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  12. Frank LaManna says:

    oh wait I thought this was about coffee
    lol 🤣🤣 oh i drink a lot of water

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahahaha hahahah

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  13. I don’t drink Coke or soda and haven’t done so for decades. 🙂 Personally, i think it should be illegal to sell such crap to the public. These days, the grocery stores are packed with sugary garbage foods that people mindlessly consume without question. But they don’t pour crap into their cars’ gas tanks!

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    1. Garima says:

      I agree with you Tom. Marketing should be restricted for such foods.

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  14. Oh NO! I have a drinking coke ADDICTION! I drink it like water. I cut down only to start drinking too many again. I love coke! I was just saying today I needed to cut back, but I do not have the will power!

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    1. Garima says:

      Start small. Cut down by one drink at a time.

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      1. Garima says:

        Hope it helps.

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  15. Many of One says:

    This is just by hunch and not validated by any studies of such. I don’t speak of the dark cola’s & the twisted chemical flavors. Was [from your knowledge] the introduction of carbonation into diet due to the sedentary life many humans live now? To help the digestion from a life, as we were designed to be more active, that we are now more inactive? I have noticed a personal benefit to adding carbonation to my quest to being more healthy. I drink a carbonated “water” that has no artificial flavors nor sugars…very faint watermelon flavor. If you can’t pronounce it….do you really want consume it? I realize many people struggle due to the addiction caused by the chemicals [preservatives] laced in food [for shelf life….right] I’ve never had that ‘addiction’…..but it came to be about the benefit of carbonation once in awhile to help stimulate on the less active days. Just wondering your opinion.

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    1. Garima says:

      There is currently no evidence that carbonated or sparkling water is bad for you. It is not really that harmful for dental health and seems to have no effect on bone health. Interestingly, a carbonated drink may even enhance digestion by improving swallowing ability and reducing constipation. It’s also a calorie-free beverage that causes a pleasurable bubbly sensation. Many people prefer it over still water. There’s no reason to give up this beverage if you enjoy it. In fact, it may actually improve your overall health.

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      1. Many of One says:

        Thank you for your insight

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      2. Garima says:

        You are most welcome.

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      3. Many of One says:

        Since falling so ill & substandard guidance, I admit, I am a bit leery. Intuition is a beautiful blessing [communicating between body & ‘mind’ –dare I also say, our divine] I tread lightly leaving the least ripples in my wake for I was always overly worried about making “mistake” now I understand it’s the spontaneity that is the beauty of escape…. ‘meditate’……..our senses are a gift ….gaining more knowledge to learn to live w/it. Appreciate your blog & the information you pass along.

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      4. Garima says:

        Thank you for sharing your personal journey with us. Way to go. Regards

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      5. Many of One says:

        It is amazing the connections [or as some claim, filters]…..when swept into the void & experiencing a ‘blackness’ w/out [e]motion…..it’s an understanding of completeness….which path to be led ….need to listen w/in. I would like to stay and share…..help those struggling to balance the chaos created so carelessly.

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      6. Garima says:

        Its so nice to see you talking about path. When I started by blog few years ago I was intrigued (and I still am) about the inner self and the answers she is giving us all the time. The title of my blog still says “Listen to your inner self, it has all the answers”. What I am realised after a long time is that we just need to be present in the present. That’s it. Your inner self will send the impulses, will make you say things, so things by itself. Isn’t that beautiful?

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      7. Many of One says:

        Yes, being present is truly the gift many do not unwrap…..sometimes it takes the rapture to open up the other side to learn to listen & not be so dense to our own intuition. I have found this journey to be very intense the past months……and accepted the knowledge offered when everyone else left me so very unwell. It’s a puzzle ….all in order & still incomplete…. I do stand a bit perplexed on the magnitude & motivation behind pain, in all of it …..[physically & emotionally]. With the beauty of internet we—-seeking the same —–are gifted validation and further attainment of sharing the knowledge. An unsaid word can still heard…..
        I am glad to have you part of this journey & the beauty of your shares ……[hugs]…..very honored ;]

        My guidance [besides inside myself] has not been from those born of this land [america]….if it had been….I’d be pushing up daisies today. A misconception of whom values the core of us to all survive. They turned a blind eye……mine slowly opening wide [it’s an amazingly beautiful place—–life!!!]

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      8. Garima says:

        Beautiful words describing a beautiful journey. Surrendering to the flow is the beauty of it all.

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      9. Many of One says:

        yessss…..flowic…..step out of the square [smile]

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      10. Garima says:

        Thank you again for sharing.

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      11. Many of One says:

        thank you for allowing me…..I will never be bitter……just better [has been my motto]

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      12. Garima says:

        🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  16. msnyder1970 says:

    I have at most 2 sodas a year if any, I no longer yearn for it like I did immediately after trying to give it up. But I rarely drink it.

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    1. Garima says:

      This is very good indeed. We usually take colas when we take burgers etc. It’s a habit which has been promoted by restaurants. I am glad you left it.

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      1. msnyder1970 says:

        I missed the carbonation more than anything. I’m trying to go straight water I do it when we eat out but at home or at the gym I add flavor packs to my water. not as easy to when off as I did soda. Its the only time I drink chemicals…I never use artificial sweeteners in teas or coffees

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  17. Manoj Mehra says:

    Very helpful information. Price of such cold drinks is more because of their packaging, transportation, taxes, etc., the actual price of liquid in cold drink is very less. In price of cold drink one can eat some healthy food.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes we should definitely look at healthier options of food and drinks.

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  18. Navin says:

    Thanks for the info. What are your views about Stevia? I find that sugar in tea/coffee etc can also be avoided by using Stevia.

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    1. Garima says:

      Good question Navin. Artificial sweeteners do contain some amount of sugar. Overall, the use of artificial sweeteners poses few risks and may even have benefits for weight loss, blood sugar control, and dental health. … Some people may feel bad or experience negative effects after consuming artificial sweeteners, even though they are safe and well-tolerated by most people.

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      1. Navin says:

        Stevia isn’t artificial sweetener…it’s plant based….an alternative sweetener. Stevia isn’t saccharine. I would never ask of artificial sweeteners as they posses risk…agree with you. Please check in depth about Stevia.

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      2. Garima says:

        Even natural sweetness pose the same risk. Please read about them.

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