Cola is the world's most well known soft drink - and one of the greatest brands of any kind - with about 1.7 billion servings of cola products consumed every day. Although the drink is popular, and seemingly refreshing, its effects on your health may be serious and in many respects non-reversible. Read on to find out just what happens to your insides in the minutes after you've just enjoyed a guilty glass of coca-cola.
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In the first 10 minutes: The 10 teaspoons of sugar in the can of cola begin to hit your body. This is actually the total daily amount of sugar you are meant to consume, so you would imagine that your body needs to prepare itself. You don't immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor and allows you to keep it down.
After 20 minutes: Your blood sugar levels begin to spike, 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 sugar at that particular moment.
After 40 minutes: Your body has completely absorbed all the caffeine. Your pupils begin to dilate, your blood pressure rises, and as a response your liver dumps even more sugar into your bloodstream.
After 45 minutes: Your body uses up its dopamine production that stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. This is actually the same way that heroin works!
After about 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, giving a momentary boost to your metabolism. Also, the caffeine's diuretic properties come into play, making you feel the need to relieve yourself.
Finally, once these processes stop and the cola has seemingly passed through your system, you will experience a sugar crash. This may make you irritable or sluggish, and maybe leave you feeling thirsty as you have already gotten rid of all the water in the cola. At this point, you will probably yearn for your next cola and then it's back to the beginning.