Something that Niraj Naik from truththeory.com noticed when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet recommended to them by their doctor. So, there comes the question whether it is really the ‘fat’ that causes us to gain unhealthy weight. After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, he was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the fat they were eating!
Moreover, he discovered that the reason for many common diseases in the western countries like obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, could be tightly related to the consumption of a specific substance present in almost all processed foods and drinks like ready made meals, sweets, fizzy drinks, and fast food – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup. However, most of the population is not aware of its negative consequences for the health. Unfortunately, it is also present in low-fat products, which are considered as healthy alternatives and in many other foods meant for weight loss because the taste of the foods without fat is not really pleasant.
In most of the cases, high fructose corn syrup, combined with numerous other additives, is added for enhancement of flavor. Furthermore, glucose is a type of sugar our body likes since each cell metabolizes it and it is easily burned with a small amount of toxic by-products. Moreover, when you are full, this sugar prevents you from overeating by telling the brain to stop when you are full. On the contrary, fructose is a different type of sugar present in sucrose that breaks down to glucose and fructose. Only the liver metabolizes fructose, which is quite similar to ethanol (the alcohol in the drinks). Therefore, when consuming fructose, it is like you are consuming ethanol without the high. Hence, this confuses the liver and a lot of bad fat is produced in the process. Unlike glucose, fructose sends no signals to the brain for when you are full. What’s more, this is probably the reason why people drink high amounts of fizzy drinks filled with fructose and in the same time consume big meals with refined foods
also high in fructose. It is important to mention that fruits also contains fructose, but contain the antidote as well- fibers that prevent your body from absorbing too much fructose.
After he advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets, free from processed foods, even if the labels say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result. Also he asked people to just stop their consumption of fizzy drinks like Coca Cola and instead swap it with either plain water, or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor. Green tea is also a great alternative, and it is one of my personal favorites because it contains alpha wave stimulating theanine that also double serves as an antidote to the harmful effects of caffeine. Those who loved to drink tea and coffee sweetened with lots of sugar, he advised to swap with natural sweeteners like stevia instead. This alone had some remarkable results. Taking into consideration that on a daily basis, there are 1.6 billion Coke servings sold, he became rather unpopular in the UK since he advised people to stop drinking fizzy drinks, including Coca Cola. The next information that he found explain what happens with bodies when we drink Coca Cola. The same goes for other fizzy drinks as well!
– FIRST 10 MINUTES: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system which is 100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid and other flavorings 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.
With laboratory mice and rats, the fructose attacks the liver in sufficient quantity, and with sufficient speed, the liver turns much of it into fat. This condition is called insulin resistance, a crucial problem in obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes type 2. In fact, this may also be the problem behind many types of cancer.
– 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: The dopamine production is increased and the pleasure centers in the brain are being stimulated. This is how heroin functions as well.
– 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.
– AFTER 60 MINUTES: You need to go to the bathroom due to the diuretic properties of caffeine. In this way you eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc, as well as sodium, electrolyte, and water. Afterwards, the sugar crash begins and it is followed by irritability or sluggishness. Additionally, dehydration symptoms also may develop.
Besides high fructose corn syrup, coke is also rich in refined salts and caffeine. Frequent consumption of the ingredients present in Coke and other processed foods and drinks; increase the blood pressure, as well as the chances for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. According to a study conducted at the Harvard University, drinking only one fizzy drink per day increases the chances for heart diseases by 20%. What’s more, drinks filled with sugars can also cause inflammations in the body.
We should all know by now the health risks associated with soda due to its highly acid forming recipe of sugar, carbonated water and additives like salt and phosphorous. But a recent Gallup poll reveals that 48 percent of surveyed Americans – nearly half! still drink soda on a daily basis. What’s more, among those who drank soda, the average daily intake was 2.6 glasses per day.