CocaCola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines throughout the world. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke.
Colonel John Pemberton was wounded in the Civil War, became addicted to morphine, and began a quest to find a substitute for the dangerous opiate, the prototype Coca-Cola recipe was formulated at Pemberton's Eagle Drug and Chemical House, originally as a coca wine, made by coca leaves and Kola nuts (caffeine).
It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, * dyspepsia*, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence. But in 1903 Coca-Cola removed cocaine from the formula, started using caffeine and started dropping all the medicinal claims.
Principals ingredients are:
• Carbonated water
• Phosphoric acid
• Carmel color
• Natural flavorings
• When launched, Coca-Cola's two key ingredients were cocaine and caffeine.
the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very acidic, it’s only one point higher on the pH scale than battery acid. Consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.
Can really Coca-Cola be used as a household cleaner ?
People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Understanding the chemicals in Coca-Cola will help you understand why the drink has the effects that it does. One of coca Cola’s most popular products it's Coca-Cola Light, which is marketed as a drink that contains zero caffeine. However, a more in-depth look at the ingredients that are contained in the drink raise a lot of eyebrows, to say the least. For example, it contains carbonated water, sodium benzoate, citric acid, orthophosphoric acid, aspartame, sodium cyclamate, food coloring and assorted aromas.
Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? Because it gets you high.
In the 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 flavor, allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: 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 that at this particular moment.)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
> 60 minutes: 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.
> 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, electrolytes, and water.
> 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed 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 hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.
So, can you imagine what happens to your body after you drink soda every day for a long time ?
If you keep drinking Coke, on a regular basis, for a few years:
You’ll be fatter: According to research in the Nurse’s Health Study, which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period. Check out this article on pubmed explaining the nonalcoholic fatty liver desease.
You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’ Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.
You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease: According to a study published in 2007 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.
You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse, but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just like a gateway drug.
Here are presented some of the less known Cola effects:
- Seizures and hyponatriemia.
- Tooth erosion.
- Loss of sperm motility and spermicidal effects.
- Changes in behavior and edocrine system.
- Fatty liver desease.
- Osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
Let’s speak about tooth erosion. Why and how, can a soft-drink be a cause of dental erosion?
Dental erosion is a common problem in modern societies, owing to the increased consumption of acidic drinks, such as soft drinks, sport drinks, fruit juices, and fruit teas, which in turn have a high potential to provoke dental demineralization. Up to now, most clinical reports are generally related with a later intervention, in which the non-carious lesions as erosion, especially in cervical area of the tooth, present dentin exposure, hypersensitivity, and more complex restorative needs. Erosion is a superficial demineralization process that softens the surface with subsequent wear until reaching dentin.
The dental enamel it’s made up of Calcium and an acidic solution can dissolves it. Every type of beverages, with a pH inferior of 5.5, can do it.
Prolonged contact time between the beverage and enamel or root surface increases the opportunity for erosion to occur. Salivary flow is stimulated in response to tartness and, under normal circumstances, is thought to clear the acid and limit erosion.
Practices such as “swishing” and “holding” beverages in the mouth prolong acid-tooth contact time and could increase erosion risk.
Although it is logical to encourage tooth brushing immediately following consumption of sugared, acidic beverages.
Dental erosion associated with consumption of acidic beverages is a potential oral health concern. Patients with high consumption of acidic beverages, decreased salivary flow, prolonged beverage holding habits, or mouth breathing could be at an increased risk for dental erosion.
So, if I drink Coke after all these bad news? Of course yes! Coke itself isn’t the enemy here. It’s the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid, which are found in almost all sodas.