New report reveals the 'damage' Diet Coke and Coca Cola are causing to your body

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The damage diet coke and coca cola is causing you
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So the news that fizzy drinks aren't very good for us isn't exactly new. Over the past few years we've all become way more clued up on what we should and shouldn't be putting into our bodies, and watched as sugar replaced fat as our number one diet enemy.


Former UK pharmacist Niraj Naik, who runs the blog The Renegade Pharmacist, has hit the headlines after his study into what reportedly happens to your body an hour after drinking Coke and Diet Coke went viral.



After seeing so many people suffering from obesity-related diseases, Niraj decided to look further into what people were consuming, and quickly realised the problem often lay with what they were drinking rather than eating - and fructose was the main culprit (our body turns it to 'bad fats' and tells our brains we're still hungry).


So what reportedly happens an hour after drinking Coke?

From first sip to 60 minutes later, Niraj broke down the effects of drinking Coke in seven steps.


First 10 mins:

A whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar enters your system


After 20 mins:

Your blood sugar spikes, causing a burst of insulin, to which your liver responds by turning the sugar into fat


After 40 mins: 

Your blood pressure rises and your liver puts more sugar into your bloodstream.


After 45 mins:

In the same way as heroin, your body starts making more dopamine which stimulates the pleasure centres of your brain.


After 60 mins:

You will start to experience a sugar crash, feeling irritable and sluggish.


And what reportedly happens an hour after drinking Diet Coke?

After thousands of requests from people who'd seen his Coke study, Niraj has looked at what happens to your insides an hour after drinking Diet Coke. 


First 10 mins:

The phosphoric acid attacks the enamel in your teeth whilst the artificical sweeteners like aspartame hit your system. Aspartame tricks your body into thinking it has just processed sugar.


After 20 mins:

Like regular Coke this can trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode. Some data also indicates those who consume articifically sweetened beverages double the risk of metabolic syndrome which is related to diabetes and cardiovascular problems.


After 40 mins: 

The potentially deadly combination of caffeine and aspartame create a short addicitive high, similar to cocaine. 


After 60 mins:

Unlike the small amount of satisfaction you get from regualr coke, your body may still crave sweets. This makes you likely to reach for another soda, or some other junk food you consider to be safe and the cycle continues. 


So what should we be drinking?

We asked Niraj for some healthy drink ideas:


1. Look for stevia (a natural sweetener) versions of soft drinks if you really must drink a soft drink.


2. Drink plain mineral water with fresh lime or lemon juice, or both, with a dash of organic honey, if you prefer a sweeter taste, as a very healthy and hydrating drink.


3. Drink green tea if you want the effects of caffeine without the jitters. L-theanine in green tea is the antidote to caffeine's negative effects on the nervous system and it also boosts 'alpha waves in your brain'


Drink green tea for a caffeine boost without the jitters!


4. Drink Kombucha or Kefir tea. They are both naturally fizzy and Kefir tea in particular can provide a dose of probiotics for promoting better digestion and health of your gut.


5. Learn to make or buy nutritious smoothies made out of green vegetables like spinach, low sugar fruits like blueberries and tasty ingredients like coconut butter that are full of essential nutrients and health promoting fatty acids.


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