This Is What Happens to Your Body After Drinking Coca-Cola

This Is What Happens to Your Body After Drinking Coca-Cola
Dental Health for Life
11, Oct 2018

We all know, or should at least, that Coca-Cola’s extremely high sugar-count, makes it very bad for our teeth and our health in general. But did you know exactly what happens to your body in the 60 minutes after consuming a can or bottle of Coca-Cola?

First 10 Minutes

10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. That’s 100% of your daily intake.

You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour, allowing you to keep it down.

20 Minutes Later

Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on, into fat.

And there’s plenty of sugar to be found at this particular moment.

40 Minutes Later

Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 Minutes Later

Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

60 Minutes Later

The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners, also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.


Despite the risks of sugar intake, parents are still allowing their children to consumer fizzy-drinks.

After 60 Minutes Since Consumption

The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play – it makes you have to pee. It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

As the rave inside of you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, urinated away all the water that was in the Coke, but not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth…

Moral of the story? Next time when you pick up that can or Coca-Cola, think twice and rather put it back down again.

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