The impact of a single Coca-Cola is astonishing: Here's what happens to your body in 60 minutes

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.16 - 2023 7:34 PM CET

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Here's what happens to your body in 60 minutes after you dink a Coca-Cola.

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Your body undergoes several changes within the first hour after you've consumed a can of soda. Have you ever wondered what a single can, equivalent to 0.33 liters, actually does to your body?

British pharmacist Niraj Naik has posted a graphic on his blog, The Renegade Pharmacist, detailing what happens to your body within 60 minutes of consuming the sugary beverage.

The Timeline

  • 10 Minutes: Ten teaspoons of sugar circulate through your internal system, equating to 100% of the daily recommended intake. You don't vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid tones down the taste, allowing you to keep the soda down.

  • 20 Minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, triggering a large release of insulin. Your liver responds by converting sugar into fat.

  • 40 Minutes: You've now absorbed all the caffeine in the soda. Your pupils dilate, and your blood pressure rises as a reaction to your liver releasing more sugar into your blood. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked, preventing you from feeling tired.

  • 45 Minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers in your brain. Heroin works in a similar way.

  • 60 Minutes: Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your intestines, boosting metabolism. This occurs at high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners, also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

Photo: Renegade Pharmacist

After One Hour

The diuretic properties of caffeine start to kick in - you have to urinate. Now, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which were otherwise heading to your bones, will leave your body. The same goes for sodium, electrolytes, and water. The significant impact that the soda has had on your body begins to wane, and your blood sugar drops rapidly.

You may become irritable and tired. You haven't just urinated out the water in the soda but also several essential nutrients that your body could have used for things like hydration and strengthening your bones and teeth.

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