We all know that drinking sugary soda isn't good for us, but what exactly does it do to your body?

A new infographic shared on HuffingtonPost breaks down exactly what happens to your body after drinking a Coca~Cola.

What does soda really do to your body?
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I think every person on the planet has had some sort of fizzy beverage in their life time. For me, it's not something I drink all the time, but on occasion I do and love every drop of it. We all know it's bad for us, but what does it really do?

The infographic explains:

First 10 minutes

10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended 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 in

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. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

40 minutes in

Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes in

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 in

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.

After 60 minutes

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.


This doesn't sound as pleasing as anyone would want it to be. Will this make you change your mind about drinking soda? Let me know in the comments below.


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