What Happens to Your Body When you Drink Coke

  1. 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.
  2. 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it’s hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
    1. CLARIFYING DATA: Reader Dan below provided some clarifying information about what the liver does with the extra sugar.
  3. 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dialate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    1. CLARIFYING DATA: Reader Jag provided some additional links (here and here) discussing the connection between phosphoric acid and calcium depletion.
  6. 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, electrolyte and water.
  7. 60 minutes: As the rave inside of 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 even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Update #1: Learn more about Sugar addiction.

Update #2: For folks that think drinking sugar-free (Aspartame sweetened) drinks is a better alternative, there are some damning observable experiment results in how Aspartame relates to appetite suppression and over-eating.

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123 Responses to “What Happens to Your Body When you Drink Coke”

  1. Erik Weibust December 20, 2006 at 12:34 pm #

    You have a major flaw in your post. You mention Diet Coke, but the original post is about Coke. I don’t think Diet Coke is as bad as Coke.

    • Dennis Mordo November 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      Are the changes only very slight and insignificant? Because I’ve never felt or seen any difference in my behavior like being sluggish, irritable, or hyper.

    • Tony December 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

      Diet Coke is even worse. Read some studies for yourself.

      • frankl January 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

        agreed but this entire article is bs.. even comparing heroin to coke is ridiculous. What a waste of everyone’s time.

    • FatBoi December 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

      Diet Coke and Coke Zero are worse… they have little or no sugar so they use Aspartame instead. Google ‘aspartame’

      • Emily January 8, 2011 at 6:23 am #

        Never google anything to do with your health.
        This is all a load of rubbish.

        Even a diabetic can easily drink a can of regular Coke without going into hyperglycemia, so you’ve fallen down at the first hurdle.

        Most people are under the assumption that no one regulates drinks on the market. If Coke had even the slightest danger of causing illness of reactions similar to those described above, it would be pulled from the shelves faster than the internet could react.

        Stop getting health advice or information from the internet. C’mon guys.

        • Larz January 11, 2011 at 2:45 am #

          A large amount of diet pills are still on the market even after having adverse effects on people. Check out the whole Hydroxycut scare.

        • AnotherJames January 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

          If this is all rubbish:
          A) Why aren’t you laughing?
          B) Why are you reading this?
          C) Why are you responding?

          Sure, a diabetic can drink a can of regular Coke, but it takes 20 minutes for their blood sugar to spike. THAT’S when they either pass out or get their injection of insulin.

          Please read more carefully next time.

          • John Piekarski January 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

            Did you know that eating chocolate is addictive? it makes you happy just like heroin! what a crock of shit

            people reply because this artilce is fucking stupid. what a retarded way to get hits. so many people drink coke so that’s why they click on it.

        • Chris H January 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

          Cigarettes are still being sold legally – so take it from there.

    • erin m January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am #

      Diet products contain aspartame instead of sugar. When aspartame reaches approx. 90 degrees it turn into fermeldihide. Which we all know that they use it to embalm with. Also what was failed to mention is that when you drink soda it takes 33 glasses of water to flush the toxins from it out of your system.

      • Jag January 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

        Read a book seriously.
        At the speed that the body can process aspartame into FORMALDEHYDE, there is no build up as it is excreted at a greater rate. Also, many fruit juices contain more methanol than the amount produced by aspartame (as it’s only one of the metabolic products). You can safely consume up to 200mg/kg of aspartame, which if you are a 75kg adult, is 15g of aspartame, approx.80 12 ounce cans of diet soda.
        As for it changing at 90 degrees, you have no idea what you’re talking about.
        It changes to methanol, which changes to formaldehyde. Again, at levels lower than apple juice. To ignore the fact that you didn’t specify what degrees you were referring to, I’m assuming either Farenheit or Celcius (centigrade), but could also be Kelvin or Rankine.
        In an acidic solution such as sodas, it’s stable for almost 300 days, it’s going to stay as aspartame until well past the expiration date, or until you drink it.

        As for soda toxins in general (33 glasses of water, what?) Which toxins?
        Assuming you’re talking about “soft drinks” as opposed to “Soda”, let’s use Cocal-Cola as an example.
        it contains:
        Carbonated water (Non-toxic)
        Sugar (non toxic) or aspartame (as mentioned above NON-TOXIC, unless you have a very rare genetic disease called Phenylketonuria)
        Caffeine (Toxic in levels around 300mg, one can of diet coke has 45.6 mg, so six and a half bottles at once, or about 2 litres (Diet coke being the worst, regular coke is around 34mg, so over 3 litres.)
        Phosphoric acid (only affects calcium levels in combination with caffeine, and they had to drink at least 2 cans a day, every day, to have a measurable affect)
        Natural flavourings (Legally, they have to be from natural sources, doesn’t neccesarily mean it’s healthy, but it is approved by the FDA and over 90 other countries food regulatory agencies)

        Nope, nothing specifically toxic unless you drink litres a day, nothing even bad for you at levels lower than 2 cans daily.

        Also considering that fruit juices have higher acidity and sugar levels than standard soft drinks, moderation is again, as always, the key to health.

        • Riyad Kalla January 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

          Jag, thank you for the clarifying info. The phosphoric acid comment was surprising, only 2 cans a day continuously to see a measurable decline in calcium over an extended period of time?

          I don’t think it’s that uncommon for people to drink a 6 or 12 pack of soda a day in a lot of cases, so only 2 cans doesn’t seem like a whole lot. Just wanted to make sure that wasn’t a typo.

          • Jag January 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphoric_acid#Biological_effects_on_bone_calcium_and_kidney_health
            And
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11522558

            It makes for a measurable increase in calcium levels in urine, it’s assumed that it relates to less calcium in bones, but at that level negligibly so.

            Measurably != significantly, but I feel that is cause for concern. Of course this was for females in the 20-40 year demographic, so not a representative sample group, it takes a fair amount of extrapolating to conclude any real negative affect over time at that rate of consumption, especially as phosphoric acid doesn’t so much leech calcium from bones, as lower absorbtion of dietary calcium.

            • Riyad Kalla January 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

              Thank you for the links, I updated the original post to include them for folks that want more details.

        • Harry February 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

          Thankyou for a quality piece of information. To all the other idiots, remember to fact check before you go sprouting off myths of bullsh*t

      • Riyad Kalla January 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

        Erin do you have any links handy for the 33 glasses of water data? That is really shocking.

  2. Riyad Kalla December 20, 2006 at 4:50 pm #

    Actually it’s a direct copy and past, there isn’t even the word “Diet” in my post… so I’m confused :(

    • Andrew November 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      I don’t see any line crediting a source of any kind.. It would be nice to know where this stuff comes from if you are just taking other peoples words!

  3. Brandon Brock May 13, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    So its not the same effect if you drinl diet coke?

  4. Brandon Brock May 13, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    sorry drink diet coke?

  5. Riyad Kalla May 13, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    Brandon,
    You body can have a similar response to sweeteners that it does to sugar, but diet sodas have their own massive down-sides like drawing calcium out of your body as they are processed.

    You know that saying “nothing in life is free”? It applies to everything, even diet sodas and sweeteners…

    If you are drinking 1 or sometimes two diet sodas a day you will probably be fine, the more you can cut that back the better. If you are putting away 3, 4, 5 or more (or a giant 44oz Thirstbuster) of the stuff, you are wrecking yourself just as bad as if you were drinking the full sugar stuff.

    Also incase you hadn’t tried it or noticed yet, diet sodas enhance your appetite. Try it sometime, get a pizza and drink only water, my guess is you polish off 1 or 2 pieces before you feel “full”. If you do it again but with a diet soda, my guess is that you can put away 4 or more slices before you feel full.

    • Kit November 24, 2010 at 11:58 am #

      It’s not the Diet Coke, it’s the habit of overeating.
      I lost 40lbs, and never gave up my Diet Coke addiction,lol!
      (I drink probably 6-8 cans a day)

      • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

        That’s a lot of diet coke Kit. Congrats on losing the 40 lbs though, that’s fantastic!

    • MD December 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

      When I drink water I am able to eat more food than when I drink a soda.

      • derp December 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

        @MD that’s because Coke is carbonated so if feels like you’re more full than you actually are

      • Riyad Kalla December 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

        MD, I actually have the opposite experience. When I drink a soda along with a salty meal, I can put away about 30% more food.

  6. david rockefeller November 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I think diet Coke is just as bad if not worse because it contains the artificial sweetener Aspartame which is much worse than sugar and they both contain High Fructose Corn Syrup too i think

    • Riyad Kalla November 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

      David,

      I don’t think Diet has HFCS in it (cause it would contribute calories) but you are absolutely right about it being just as bad.

      Diet soda’s have a bad tendency to leech calcium from your bones; you see those folks pounding down a 12-pack of Diet soda every day and that is a really dangerous combination over the long term.

      There is just no such thing as a “Free lunch”, if you are eating something delicious… it’s probably killing you :)

      • Scott November 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

        I have yet to see a study that shows any evidence of bone density loss from drinking soda, this isn’t for lack of trying.

        • Riyad Kalla November 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

          Scott, would this link count?

          Snippet
          ==============
          Researchers at Tufts University, studying several thousand men and women, found that women who regularly drank cola-based sodas — three or more a day — had almost 4% lower bone mineral density in the hip, even though researchers controlled for calcium and vitamin D intake. But women who drank non-cola soft drinks, like Sprite or Mountain Dew, didn’t appear to have lower bone density.

          …SNIP…

          In the Tufts study, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated colas were associated with lower bone density. But the caffeinated drinks appeared to do more damage.
          ==============

          At the least I’d say it’s probably not good for you, and it wasn’t until recently that Coke stopped include sodium benzoate in Diet Coke which was linked to Parkinson’s and liver damage.

      • Kit November 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

        “if you are eating something delicious… it’s probably killing you :)”

        And this is a serious problem.
        If you’re eating something delicious, it’s delicious because your body has evolved to need what’s in that.
        If you *overeat* something delicious, yeah, it’s not good.
        But blanket statements like this contribute to the vast plethora of misinformation on the internet.

        • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

          Kit, I should have clarified that the smiley face implied a hair of sarcasm… like Krispy Kreme donuts and Cinabons…

  7. Evan Howell November 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    I have never felt any of this from drinking coca cola or any other soft drink

    • RoKha November 10, 2010 at 1:12 am #

      a lot of people say, this didn’t happen to me… I am immune to such things… this is bs… fact is it affects. Some are able to feel it, maybe because of specific genetic or average health condition, mostly don’t because they are in better shape. But story continues, and one day they realize, “what the hell happened, why is my kid like this, where did it all go wrong?” rest is for you to decide.

  8. Derek November 10, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    You might also want to mention that all that phosphoric acid splashes on your teeth and accelerates tooth decay.

    • Riyad Kalla November 10, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      Derek, another good point — also something to be said for the staining of the teeth from the cola coloring.

  9. Wayne November 10, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Interesting. Does caffeine-free result in the bonded calcium making it into your bones?

    • Riyad Kalla November 10, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      Wayne, good question. It’s actually the phosphoric acid that is binding to the calcium, magnesium and zinc, the caffeine just initiates evacuation sooner than natural (urinating). So even a caffeine-free drink would still have the negative calcium-depleting effects; that is why drinking diet cola like it’s going out of style is so unhealthy for you (even though it doesn’t pack the sugar normal cola does).

  10. Greg November 10, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I liked your post, but the “This is physically the same way heroin works” is a cheap shot. Dopamine is also released when you see a pretty girl or get an A on an exam, it’s just how feeling good works in the brain it isn’t intrinsically related to drugs.

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      Greg, absolutely a fair point.

      • Al December 17, 2010 at 11:34 am #

        Curious as to the ‘why’. Why does dopamine increase? All the other points have sugar does x or caffeine does y.

  11. Paul Brannan November 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    How many livers do you have? :)

  12. Lotte Mae November 11, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    Interesting article, but is the occasional coke really going to do any long term-harm? I drink and smoke, I drink tea and coffee, and have the odd Mars Bar here and there. Is coke worse than any of those? All things in moderation I suppose. In all these things there aren’t any positive benefits health wise.

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

      Lotte, I absolute subscribe to the “everything in moderation” mantra. I also think that you have to maintain habits that let you enjoy life.

      If I lived/ate all the “right” things I think I’d cry every time I saw a cheese burger :)

    • Chris H January 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      Consuming all those bad things in “moderation” is like exercising pretty much no moderation at all in my humble opinion. It sounds like a routine of cascading poor choices to blow through each day, starting with a coffee and a smoke, some more processed foods and smokes and then ending with a few drinks and final smoke before bed. I am assuming you are adding cream and sugar to your coffee too. I hope at least its green tea and that you’re trying to eat unprocessed food in moderation too.

      Oh well, I guess we should just remember no one gets out alive anyway, so whatever, don’t stress over the little things. Old-age is over rated any way. lol.

  13. Kim November 11, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Great artical,
    the funny thing is tho i know all the harmful facts that coke-a-cola can do to me i still dirnk it like u drink water and im trying to stop but because my body now depends on it; it is proving very hard to stop drinking it!

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

      Kim, if you drink a lot of coke, kicking all that sugar and caffine can absolutely be a tough thing to kick. It took me 6 months to move to diet and then another 3 years to kick diet soda all together from my daily diet (I still drink/enjoy it when I’m out, I just mean not in the fridge/house anymore and with every meal).

  14. Dan DeFelippi November 12, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    #2 is patently wrong. Sugar isn’t just turned into fat by the liver like you claim. De novo lipogenesis (conversion of carbs into fat) is a complicated process. Carbs will be allocated to glycogen storage or burned for energy long before de novo lipogenesis takes place.

    The problem isn’t sugar. The problem is overeating. If you consume the proper amount of calories none of it will be stored as fat.

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

      Dan, many thanks for providing the extra info. I updated the post with a link back to your post.

  15. RBE FTW! November 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    This is just another reason why human beings should pursue a Resource Based Economy…

    In the existing capitalist / monetary system, resources have a tendency to end up where the money is, regardless of the role they play in our environment after processing, whether it be positive or negative.

    Coke products obviously have long term negative effects on human beings, thus these drinks should be considered harmful and be discontinued. But in the existing system Coke will always exist because money will always find its way there.

    “The Venus Project” is trying to transition human beings off this destructive / wasteful path, and is a viable alternative to the existing system. I urge everyone who reads this article to Google it and check it out.

  16. simon November 15, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    diet coke is maybe even worse than normal coke, bcause the natural sugar is replaced by artificial sweeteners, wich are just chemicals.

    • Alchemist5 November 21, 2010 at 2:54 am #

      Sugar is also a chemical…

  17. John November 17, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Some of the excess sugar in the Coke may be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscle. Not all will go to fat storage.

  18. David November 20, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    God! I will stop drinking coke do pepsi have the same effect? I am hyper tense From David in Venezuela

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      David,

      Unfortunately there is no shortcut here… all sodas have roughly the same effects. And as some posters have stated, diet sodas have some *other* problems that are also not that healthy for you.

      Just like some folks said, everything in moderation and you should be fine.

  19. Nerf Jihad November 21, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    See, when he makes claims that can be researched (which are accurate as far as I can tell), I don’t write this off as “Sensationalist bullshit hooey telling people what to do with themselves,” I say “Holy fuck, this is science telling me that there’s a reason why the headaches during detox are so profoundly motivating.” The fucked up thing about this is that it’s true regardless of which soda you’re drinking, as long as it has caffeine.

    Begs the question, though: what about just the raw caffeine ala supplements, gum, excedrine, etc? just the adenosine antagonist boost and diuresis, without the nutrient binding. likely the same story with coffee and such, but with whatever tannins and volatile organic compounds found in those.

    Skepticism and molecular biology aside, I’m actually going to abstain from drinking soda because of this.

  20. JT November 24, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    All this post did was make me really want a coke. I think I’ll go have one and enjoy it ooooh so very much!

  21. Fentex November 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    The credibility of this rant is undermined by the fact these two points…

    # 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it’s hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
    # 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dialate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

    …contradict each other.

    In the first the liver is said to be converting sugar to fat and the second it is said to be increasing it’s release of sugar.

    • Riyad Kalla December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

      Fentex, the liver can both process and store sugar in the blood as well as releasing it in the form of glycogen. Here are some fun links.

  22. Jag November 25, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    This post was written by Riyad Kalla who has written 2295 posts on The Buzz Media.

    You said yourself it is copypasta, why does it say you wrote this?

    And as many other have said, this article contains lies and partial truths. I feel bad for people who believe stuff like this without checking.

  23. Rendy November 25, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Do people really drink an entire soda in ten minutes? Why do so many “educated” people work so hard at instilling fear in the hearts of the masses? We have all heard the anecdote about how “coke will dissolve a piece of meat that has been left setting in a glass of coke for 24 hours” and I am not disputing that at all, but just let me pose this one question to all of you highly intelligent people. Just exactly how long would it take for the acidic solution that is produced by my stomach to dissolve this same piece of meat? One more question just for fun. Has anyone ever tested the coke’s ability to withstand the enzymes and hydrochloric acid content of the stomach? if you knew the acid chemicals that your stomach produces naturally, you might be afraid to burp for fear of causing severe chemical burns in your throat and sinuses. I’m just saying.

  24. David November 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Good…..that’s why I drink it

  25. Ron December 1, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    A lot of people have already poked holes in this post, but another thing is that this is only true in large fast quantities. When people over exaggerate things like this, it does more harm than good. Pop does not hurt the body in a long term way unless it is in large quantities quickly… just like pretty much everything else in the world, including water.

  26. Soda Junkie December 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Who the hell needs calcium and electrolytes anyways?

  27. curtis December 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    a bit dramatic don’t you think?

  28. Nick December 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I don’t quite understand.

    All Riyad did was post something he most likely found on the internet and wished to share (I found it very interesting, I dont give a shit about the data being right in this post)
    Most of you probably just stumbled here anyway, why not stumble out if it doesn’t please you?
    All I see are trolls posting hateful replies.
    Seriously,
    Mr. Kalla. Have a nice day.

  29. :D December 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    I have to admit that after I stopped my soda ANYTHING intake, I started to feel a lot better. Now if I drink anything carbonated I feel like crap. I also agree with this post because I can see how it is true in my experiences. As a kid my mother never gave me sodas ever. I was more healthy, not over weight and fewer dentist visits. Thank you for giving me more reason not to drink that stuff.

  30. Doober December 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    SODA RULZ! you’re just mad because stupid hippies like you don’t have cool drinks like coke. and you’re whole essay thing was biased and unfair to coke. you didn’t have anyone put a counter point or anything on it. you’re argument is invalid and you sir are gay

    • Riyad Kalla December 12, 2010 at 7:27 am #

      Doober, you forgot “QED” at the end of your post :)

  31. GFYM December 12, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I actually became dumber reading this article.

  32. Goldenskyhook December 17, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    Not bad, but you made a serious error in describing the dopamine rush. It is very similar to what happens with methamphetamines or cocaine. It is NOT similar to heroin. Although heroin does interfere to some extent with the pleasure/reward circuit and dopamine, its main effect is in mimicking endorphins and enkephalins — the body’s own natural opiate substances. This kills all pain. It does cause some euphoria, so you are partly right about the dopamine, but this is a small part of the overall effect of heroin, and that goes away soon after true addiction kicks in. I am a treatment counselor and addictions specialist.

  33. Goldenskyhook December 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Both sugar and caffeine boost dopamine production. It is a malfunction of the system, since dopamine normally rewards the brain for doing something pro-survival. The same thing happens with meth and cocaine and nicotine, which is why these drugs cause addiction so much quicker than the opiates, marijuana and alcohol.

  34. Former Coke Addict December 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Do the small errors really matter, Coke(including diet) isn’t something any of us should drink, at least not more than once per week. I now have a permanent situation where my gut is incredibly sensitive to many foods, including veggies and spicy food. I attribute it to a lifetime consumption of Coke and/or Diet Coke up until a couple of years ago. I lost a ton of weight too but not just due to dropping pop. Even if your at a perfect weight, consuming the stuff is not contributing to your good health that’s for sure. Don’t get me wrong…. I still love the stuff but consume it twice per year, and regret it. Oh and there is no doubt it has addictive properties.

    • Althechemist5 December 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

      What? Your stomach is sensitive? It’s probably because you’re getting old- that happens.
      I go through Diet coke at about 2 liters a day, I exercise, and I (for the most part) have a pretty good diet. I’ve never, once, noticed any negative effects, stomach related or otherwise, from soda (outside of some tooth decay, but hey, what doesn’t cause that, eh?).

  35. usuckat blogging December 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    your comparing sugary caffeinated liquid in a can to one of the hardest, most addictive drug in the world that accounts for over over 500,000 people in the united states alone? I don’t think its a reasonable comparison at all. Even if you just meant it WORKS like heroin that can’t be true. If coke has the same affect on your body as heroin then I think we’d all be junkies.

    • Dave December 29, 2010 at 4:37 am #

      I’d have to disagree with you based on the fact that the most destructive & addictive drug available is sold in bottles and served in ‘public houses’.

      AKA alcohol. You have to be a complete junkie loser to do heroin. You need to be 21 to do alcohol….

    • Chris H January 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Isn’t milk a gateway drug? ;D

  36. Pomroy December 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    ‘This is physically the same thing as heroin, by the way’.

    Nice scare mongering. Please do explain to me how coke is either an opioid receptor agonist or antagonist? Cause that’s ‘physically’ how heroin works.

    If you wanted to look at it that way, good diet and exercise also do ‘physically the same thing as heroin’. Day to day life releases dopamine, it’s part of your rewards system. Should think about how things are worded better, just because it sounds good doesn’t mean it should be said.

  37. Dave December 29, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    This dude, whoever the dude is that wrote this, knows his stuff.

    Coke is bad, whether it’s diet, caffeine free, sugar free or whatever, it’s bad shit.

    Anything in moderation tho ay!?

  38. troy December 29, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    it’s not tottaly bullshit but still… this article is fake and gay… too much twisted info

  39. I love sources December 29, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Hi, I read your article containing 0% sources. At first glance it seemed like it could be true, but I know nothing of the human body. Could you please provide links to back your story up with? Maybe from a couple of biologists or something – you know, proffesionals, experts… anyone who knows what they’re talking about? ‘Cause no offence, I’d rather listen to a Doctor than to a software developer when it comes to things of a biological nature.
    I realise this was written nearly 5 years ago, but stumble thought I’d want to hear about the physiological affects of coca cola.

  40. troy December 29, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    i want my 50 seconds back

  41. eLmO December 29, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Now I’d like a coke :D

  42. Losing* December 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Losing*

    Loosing is not a word.

    • Jag December 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

      loosing: present participle of loose (Verb)
      Yes it is, but he did use the wrong word.

      • Losing* December 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

        Firstly, I am correct loosing is not a word, perhaps you mean loosening?

        Secondly, don’t require an email address if all it’s for is to spam me with mail whenever somebody comments.

        • Riyad Kalla December 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

          Martin, at the bottom of every email is an ‘unsubscribe’ link, and make sure you don’t have the “Notify me of replies” checked with future replies.

        • Jag December 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

          I’m sorry, the word loosing is found in the Merriam Webster dictionary. It’s a word.
          http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loosing
          Would ya look at that! Maybe you should check before claiming to know things.

    • Riyad Kalla December 30, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      As soon as I saw your comment I knew you were talking to me; I can’t seem to bring myself to spell that word correctly to save my life.

  43. Peter B December 30, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    One correction, Coca Cola does not contain any artificial sweeteners. I work in the quality control lab of a Coca Cola bottling plant. The stuff in the adverts about Coke not containing anything artificial is true. It’s just the massive amount of sugar that is bad. It is cane sugar dissolved in citric acid.
    Diet Coke however does contain a lot of sweeteners including Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Sodium Benzoate, among others.
    Diet Coke also has a much higher phosphoric acid level than regular Coke.

    Before anyone asks.. I don’t know what the “secret ingredient” is

    • Riyad Kalla December 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

      Peter, really appreciate your post and the added insight.

      Are you sure Diet Coke is still including sodium benzoate? They announced in 2008 that they were going to stop using sod. ben. after it was confirmed it causes DNA damage.

      • Peter B December 31, 2010 at 8:54 am #

        I may be mistaken, we do still use s.benzoate in a few other products, but at very low levels, a syrup batch has to measure at between 2 and 7 parts per million for it to be released for production.
        A few other little bits that may be interesting…
        Coke and Coke Zero have around 95ppm of caffeine
        Diet Coke has around 127ppm of caffeine.
        Cherry Coke has a lot more sugar than regular.
        Oasis, a brand of still fruit drink which is owned and bottled by Coca Cola, has more different types of presevatives in it than any other drink made by Coca Cola.

        • Riyad Kalla January 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

          Peter, very interesting info. Good to hear that benzoate is used minimally.

  44. Daniel December 30, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    1. I drink the fucking coke.
    2. I think “I love coke”.
    3. I eventually urinate somewhere down the line.

  45. Syd December 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I don’t think this is universal…I had a coke today and didn’t experience any of the side effect you described…except taking a piss but that hadn’t happened since like 10 in the morning….

  46. Shelly January 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    50 years ago when I was a kid my sister and I would revel in splitting a 12 oz. Pepsi in a bottle. I think folks just didn’t drink the quantities of soda they do now. Though we did drink our share of Hawaiian Punch.
    It’s a bit like so many things, what was once a treat is now a necessity. A soda or two a week was the norm in my house. Not it’s a soda or two or three or four a day. When kids come to my house I am amazed at how quickly they can wipe out a 12 pack. Though I will say I am aghast at my ex-boyfriend’s and my best friend’s consumption of sodas. So it’s not, by any means, the habit of young people alone.

  47. John January 8, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Aspartame is the worst neurotoxic, increases risk of cancer and parkinson. No wonder aspartame is banned in Japan and other countries. Stevia is a far better option, completely safe and natural. But as you know the FDA is corrupt and only protects profits of bigger corporations and the pharmaceutical companies. Thus Stevia cannot be marketed as “sweetener” but instead as “nutricional supplement”.

    This is all about profits since being unhealthy makes lots of money for pharmaceutical companies.

    • Jag January 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      neurotoxin, parkinson’s disease, nutritional.

      But anyway, aspartame is banned in “Japan and other countries”?
      It’s not only the FDA which has verified it’s safety, also the EFSA (The european equivalent), JECFA, UNFAO, and WHO.
      Japan hasn’t banned aspartame, they’re the biggest producer! It’s just a cultural thing that they don’t have diet sodas.
      Aspartame has been approved for use in food in over 90 countries, don’t believe that chain-mail you get from “Nancy Markle”, she doesn’t exist.

      I suggest you check actual scientific papers, as opposed to the conspiracy based websites that don’t care about truth.

  48. Paul January 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    that is awsome!

  49. bob January 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    whoooo cares

  50. Ryan January 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    What about the Diet Coke that is sweetened with Spenda?

    • Riyad Kalla January 21, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      Ryan, great question. At the outset I *think* the only physiological difference is the Splenda instead of the Aspartame, but there are smarter folks here that could probably answer that more accurately.

  51. Jay February 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    “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.”

    I’d just like to point out, your comment about how this is the same way heroin works is ridiculous. Yes, it is the same way heroin make you feel good, but there is no connection between why the dopamine is upped with heroin and why it is with coke. Dopamine is released every time you feel pleasure, so that statement is like saying: Roller coasters cause a release of endorphins and therefore are the same as methamphetamine.

    This is a stupid scare tactic to try and grab attention.

    • ant February 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      yeah this is basically what i wanted to say

      technically you only enjoy two things in life: dopamine and serotonin

  52. Josh February 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    … *Looks at 2-Litre of Coke* … *Has a glass of Coke.* My bones are plenty strong and I’m actually losing weight and fat mass, despite drinking Coke, so…

  53. S. February 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Whoah.. Why is everyone getting so angry over this? Are you all huge Coke fans or something?
    Regardless of the accuracy of every single little bit of information in this post, BOTH diet coke and coke are horrible for you. Anything with that much CO2 and sugar is bad for you. Anything with that many empty calories is bad for you.

    To be honest, I’m not sure of how accurate any of this post is, but I sure know that if I drink pop, I feel like crap, and I know that my friend’s grandmother calls him twice a day to ask what day of the week it is, and I know that her doctors tell her it’s because she has a serious diet coke addiction (like 12 a day).

    I just don’t see how something like this can make people so angry, especially when there are way worse things happening every day that nobody seems to care about.

  54. Gon' Die February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    “I’d just like to point out, your comment about how this is the same way heroin works is ridiculous. Yes, it is the same way heroin make you feel good, but there is no connection between why the dopamine is upped with heroin and why it is with coke. Dopamine is released every time you feel pleasure, so that statement is like saying: Roller coasters cause a release of endorphins and therefore are the same as methamphetamine.”

    This^

    Comparing a food to heroin is like writing a political post and going directly for a Nazi comparison. Seriously, this is like the Godwin’s Law of food.

    And then you see comments like “but cigarettes are still sold legally,” because, you know, it’s the government’s job to make all bad (but pleasurable) things illegal. Whatever happened to responsibility and moderation?

  55. queermo March 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    this article is pathetic it has such a negative connotation towards coke its almost blaming the beverage for poor health. coke is NOT bad for you if everyone got exercise and worked out they would just burn off the sugar. caffeine isnt bad for you either its actually a natural stimulant and can help you focus contrary to what most people think. (i always drink red bulls before tests and outperform my non-caffeinated self.) coke doesnt make people fat people make themselves fat by choosing to drink coke and sitting around all day. and if you eat healthy the amount of minerals coke does take away from your body is completely irrelevant

    • Riyad Kalla March 10, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      “Coke isn’t bad for you if you just do things to combat all of it’s bad side effects!”

      I think you meant “You can safely enjoy a reasonable amount of Coke if you lead a healthy life.” in which case, I agree with you :)

  56. Curious lady March 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Well at this point of view all I can say is that eat and drink anything moderately to stay healthy. A can of coke or a bar of chocolate sometimes is not going to do you harm unless you consume coke daily like water then you have a problem.

  57. Sunil March 16, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    worst article i have ever read. all fake. Coke is the highest selling beverage in the world. All most served in majority of five star hotels which have their own independent quality check for their hotels, so are all the doctors fools? it still stands unbeatable earning a platinum award by READER’S DIGEST. and most importantly how much did the guy get as bribe from PEPSI CO for posting this? Even after so many intensions, i have never seen a COKE company criticise a Product of PEPSI . fools have posted this

  58. bill March 23, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    this article is susoicious because it only mentions Coke and not Pepsi having the same ingredient. I suspect thatg it is someone from Pespi who has the intention of accusing Coke of being harmful. I still agree that they are both as harmful

  59. Alexandra April 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Tienen muchaaaaaaa razon la Coca Cola hace muchoooooo daño a los huesos.

    Muchas gracias por la informacion

  60. Elena April 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Thanks for this important information.
    It’s clear that Cokes are dangerous for our bones and teeth. Along the years they get soft and causes osteoporosis.

  61. Smiley D December 15, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    First thing’s first… if you don’t have anything positive to say don’t bother :) Where has everyone’s education gone in this country? I’d like to thank you for posting this article… Mom always said coke is bad for you – don’t drink it and she was right. I grew up drinking water, oj and milk. Never had a back ache in my life.. I turned 18 and was FREE right? So I started drinking coke as much as I wanted.. once twice three time a day… so yes it is highly addictive… but then came a day.. and um no I”m not OLD… I was 33 when I started feeling pains in my back that made me feel like I needed help just getting out of bed. Why because all that toxicity was in my muscles.. I have a great metabolism, I’m 5’9 and weigh 110, like keeping fit and try to eat right as much as possible. A few yrs ago I read this post and decided to stop drinking coke because I knew it had to be something in my diet that had to be affecting me this bad. It did make me feel a withdrawal effect I had never felt before which is what would probably be compared to the heroin addiction you’re talking about. It was hard to make the change but like with any other drug as long as you tell yourself just for today you can kick the habit. I never get the headaches or backaches I use to experience anymore and feel much healthier. Thank You for enticing me to be healthier! I love sharing the benefits I’ve adquired because I read your article. Have a great day!

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