Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cola Crazy?

Are you a Coke addict?  I enjoy a diet Coke once in a great while, mostly when we are at a restaurant that doesn't have filtered water.  Being a diabetic, I am pretty careful not to drink sugary stuff. (But I'm not very careful not to eat it -- there's chocolate, you know. It just seems worse to pour sugar directly into my bloodstream.  If I chew it, at least I'm burning it off, lol!) For the most part I just drink water.  I am not a health nut, but I do know that I feel a lot better when I eat real food.  Anyway, here's an eye opening bit of research on what colas do to your body. 

Cola a Legal Drug!

It is true, from 1886 - 1903 Cola use to have cocaine in it!  In 1903 they removed cocaine from Cola, but it still does not make Cola any less of a drug. Cola, like all soft drinks, ravage the body within minutes of ingestion!  You MUST consider "banning" carbonated beverages, whether they are diet or regular, after learning the following facts!

Cola concerns: New York Times asks, ‘Can too much cola cause kidney problems?'

 01/25/2008 Noting that concerns about cola's link to kidney problems are largely based on anecdotal evidence, NIH researchers investigated the claim and found that drinking two or more colas daily --regular or diet-- was associated with a two-fold increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), the New York Times reports. For the study, which appeared in the journal Epidemiology, the researchers compared the behaviors of 465 people with CKD with those of 467 healthy people. After controlling for various factors, the researchers uncovered the link between cola consumption and CKD; there was no link between drinking non-cola sodas and developing CKD. The Times notes that the findings validate the longstanding suspicion that cola's phosphoric acid or its ability to "pull calcium from bones" may heighten patients' risk for renal ailments. The NIH researchers, meanwhile, say more research is needed (O'Connor, Times, 1/22 [registration required]).

 What happens to your body when you drink a Cola:

* First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons or 40grams of pure sugar begin to enter your blood stream. That breaks down to be about roughly 100% of the recommended carbohydrate intake allowed per meal!

* 15 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, the pancreas gushes out insulin, and your liver responds to the surge of glucose by converting excess sugar into triglycerides and ultimately body fat.

* 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is now complete. Your pupils are dilated, your blood pressure rises, and as a result of this complete caffeine upload which triggers stress related hormones, your liver dumps even more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked, which prevents drowsiness.

* 45 minutes: As with all sweets or any of your "favorite foods" {Time may vary}- Your body up-regulates dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain.  This works in the same way that heroin and other addictive affect your brain.  Addiction is Addiction!

* >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid in the soda binds to calcium (which is pulled from your bones), magnesium and zinc increasing urinary excretion of calcium weakening your bones.

* >60 Minutes: Diuresis assures that you'll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to or located in your bones as well as sodium and electrolytes.

* >60 minutes: It's inevitable; you'll have a metabolic crash and you may become irritable, foggy headed, and sluggish.  You've also managed to urinate all of the water that was in the drink, but not before infusing it with valuable nutrients and electrolytes that your body could have used for hydration or building/marinating strong bones and teeth.  Not to mention - now you have a habit to kick.

Cola Facts: Everything in Moderation is a Myth!


+To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Cola into the toilet bowl... Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean.

+The citric acid in Cola removes stains from vitreous china.

+To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Cola.

+To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Cola over the terminals to bubble away corrosion.

+To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

+To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Cola into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

+To carry a Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

Copyright(C) 2008 Dino Pierce, CFT, CPT, RD, CDE
Used with permission.

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  1. I have not had a pop of any kind since last April. That's a record for me.


  2. It's a good thing I don't like coke. And we only have pop on birthdays....maybe. [0=

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  3. We as a general rule only ever have what you guys call 'pop' and 'soda' for a treat when we are out at friends. I feel that it is so much artificial stuff in concentrated form, our bodies just don't need it. We do see that people fill up on it around here, it is so cheap :-(

  4. I can't tolorate caffine of any kind - even chocolate I have to be careful of nowdays, but I knew a girl in college who had to have a LARGE coke every morning otherwise she would literally get all shaky & nervous - it was really bad. Also did you know that authorities use coke to remove blood from the road when there is an accident or homocide? I can't imagine putting that in our bodies.

  5. It's the aspartame in the products you should be afraid of.

    Aspartame is an artificial sweetener made with poison.

    Google it. It's really scary stuff.

    Also, children who have cancer, who do not have an appetite to eat? The hospital gives them DIET COKE because it "Stimulates their desire to eat". Hmmmmmm

    Maybe that's why you will see a man eating a Big Mac, Super Sized Large Fry and a Diet Coke?

  6. I don't even know what a Cbox is.

  7. Okay, first of all, yuck! Second of all, I can attest to the fact that soda is an addictive product. I gave it up once and for all 18 months ago, and every now and then still drool over the thought of one. When we pop into a QT the urge to grab one and guzzle is sometimes overwhelming. I'm so glad I gave them up, but am surprised how my mind computes how long it's been since I've had one, just like a nicotine or alcohol addict.

    Oh, and it does *NOT* clean the toilets of the desert hard water variety. *sigh*

    Have a great day!




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