Artikel: Varning för energidrycker (

Forskarna: Friska ungdomar blir hjärtsjuka av energidryck.

Energidryck i stora mängder kan leda till till hjärtdöd hos barn och ungdomar. En ny studie påstår att det kan drabba till synes friska människor, skriver Aftonbladet.

Folk som dricker stora mängder energidryck lever farligt. Studien visar att hjärtproblem är starkt förknippade till de uppiggande dryckerna, enligt Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Tydligen kan till synes friska personer drabbas av plötslig hjärtdöd.
– Det är viktigt för läkare att förstå att bristen på reglering av koffeininnehållet och andra ingredienser i dessa högenergihaltiga drycker och komplikationerna som kan komma av dem så att föräldrar och barn kan utbildas i riskerna för hjärtrytmstörningar, och möjligheten att utveckla ångest och fobier till följd av överdriven konsumtion av energidrycker, säger doktor Sanchis-Gomar vid Universidad Europea de Madrid i ett pressmeddelande.

De menar att man bör undvika energidryck i samband med aktiviteter, och speciellt i kombination med alkohol och andra droger. Men en burk energidryck ska tydligen vara lugnt för en vanlig tonåring att hälla i sig varje dag.

Norska Hjärt- och lungsjukas förbund varnar alla under 18 år att dricka energidrycker.
– Vi uppmanar dem som dem dricker energidrycker att vara försiktiga och är uppmärksamma på sitt koffeinintag generellt, säger Erik Arnesen vid norska Hjärt- och lungsjukas förbund, till norska VG.

I Sverige har redan en rad butikskedjor satt en åldergräns på dryckerna. Livsmedelsverket å sin sida delar uppfattningen att energidryck inte är farligt i små mängder, men att överkonsumtion kan vara skadligt i samband med alkoholintag.

Video: What does Coca Cola to a flower

I drink water and tea, that is enough for me, don’t need anything else…

See what coke does to a flower in this timelapse of just two days!!

What One Can of Coke Does to Your Body in Only One Hour

I never drink sodas, this is several good reasons why not…. and I don’t care if it is so called “sugarfree” sodas, the things/chemicals they add to it to make it sweeter is not something I want to get into my body…

“Soda is a health food!” said no one, ever (well, in the past 20 years, at least). So it hardly comes as a surprise that drinking soda can have a negative impact on your body.

But while most of us know soda isn’t good for us, we also don’t know exactly what happens to our bodies once we drink it. A detailed new infographic from breaks it down, step by step — and it’s not pretty.

Here’s what happens after you drink a Coke:

In the first 10 minutes: Ten teaspoons of sugar (100 percent of your recommended daily intake) hits your system.

In 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes and causes a burst of insulin. Your liver responds by turning the sugar it comes into contact with into fat.

In 40 minutes: Your body has absorbed the soda’s caffeine. Your pupils may dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver “dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.” The adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked to prevent you from feeling drowsy.

In 45 minutes: Your body increases production of the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine.

In 60 minutes: The soda’s phosphoric acid binds with calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine to give you a further boost in metabolism. This is intensified by the high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners that also cause you to urinate out calcium.

After 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic effect makes you have to pee. When you do, you’ll pass on the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that were headed to your bones, as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

Then a sugar crash begins, and you may become irritable and sluggish. You’ve now urinated out all of the water that was in the Coke, along with the nutrients that the phosphoric acid bonded to in your body that would have hydrated you or gone on to build strong bones and teeth.

Registered dietitian-nutritionist Karen Ansel, co-author of The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life, tells Yahoo Health that the infographic highlights some of the concerns with drinking soda on a regular basis. But, she adds, some of the effects of caffeine from soda listed in the infographic “are a bit of an exaggeration” unless a person is sensitive to caffeine — especially since a can of soda typically contains less than a fifth of what you’d get from a 12 ounce Starbucks coffee.

“However, cola has been shown to weaken bones and teeth, so it is on target there,” she says.

But Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, tells Yahoo Health that the impact of soda on your bones and teeth is tied more to regularly drinking the fizzy stuff. “Studies show that calcium excretion affects bone health over time,” she says. “It’s not just, ‘OK, I’m going to have a Coke, and I hope I don’t break my leg.”

Related: This Is What Happens When You Drink 10 Cans of Soda Per Day for One Month

Nearly 25 percent of Americans drink soda on a regular basis, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and both experts say that’s a problem.

It’s mainly due to all of the sugar: A can of soda can contain 3 tablespoons of sugar, and a 12-ounce bottle of the drink has more than 4 tablespoons.

“When you drink soda, its sugar literally floods your system, quickly raising blood sugar levels,” Ansel says. That’s problematic because your body needs to kick into overdrive to try to convert all of that sugar into energy — and the excess is stored in your body as fat.

Soda also contributes to weight gain because our brains don’t feel full from the liquid calories the same way they do after we eat solid foods, says Ansel. As a result, it’s easy to drink a lot of empty calories without realizing it.

But drinking soda doesn’t just impact your waistline. A 2013 study that was published in the journal Diabetologiafound that study participants who drank one 12-ounce soda a day were at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Related: Coke Makes Push to Market Sugary Soda as Healthy Snack

Another study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention in 2010, found that regular soda drinkers (those who had two or more sodas a week) were 87 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

Ansel says having a soda on rare occasions isn’t a huge deal, but she recommends having as little as possible by filling your cup with ice first or pouring it into a small glass, rather than drinking straight from the bottle or can.

Adds Kirkpatrick: “Should you worry if you’re the healthiest person in the world and you have one can of Coke on vacation? Not really. Just don’t do it on a regular basis.”

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What sodas can do to you…

As humans, we are naturally trying to push our limits and learn what is good and bad for our bodies, our lives, and our minds. This 50-year-old man decided to consume ten cans of Coca-Cola a day for an entire month.

He did this to illustrate the potential damages that sugar consumption has on our bodies. “I did an experiment to get people thinking and talking about how much sugar they eat and how unhealthy it is. People need to be aware of the real and powerful damaging effects of sugar on their health.” The results as expected were disastrous; he saw his blood pressure rise, uncontrollable sugar cravings, weight gain, and so much more.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization advised people to halve the amount of sugar that they consume daily, after Britain’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said a sugar tax may be needed to curb obesity rates. Last month it was reported that many fruit juices and smoothies marketed at children contain more sugar than Coca-Cola, and this problem will probably only get worse.

People every day drink large quantities of soda’s and eat a huge amount of junk food and many people act like it is a surprise that out nation as a whole is getting bigger and bigger. Do yourself a favor and today skip the soda and reach for a water, you will thank yourself for it!


10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda

I don’t drink sodas, if I can avoid it… water and tea is the best for me!
This is an article about sodas, by Mary Squillace:,,20739512,00.html
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by Mary Squillace

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.

It confuses your body

Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, says Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Sugar Detox. Even more troubling, these sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar. “Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain,” Alpert says.

It could lead to weight gain, not weight loss

Diet soda is calorie-free, but it won’t necessarily help you lose weight. Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. And get this: participants who slurped down two or more sodas a day experienced a 500% greater increase. The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part, but another reason might be psychological, says Minnesota-based dietitian Cassie Bjork. When you know you’re not consuming any liquid calories, it might be easier to justify that double cheeseburger or extra slice of pizza.

It’s associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes

Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart diseasestroke, and diabetes, Bjork explains.

It has no nutritional value

When you drink diet soda, you’re not taking in any calories—but you’re also not swallowing anything that does your body any good, either. The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water, says Bjork. “Water is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet soda is a negative thing,” she says. If it’s the fizziness you crave, try sparkling water.

Its sweetener is linked to headaches

Early studies on aspartame and anecdotal evidence suggests that this artificial sweetener may trigger headaches in some people. “I have several clients who used to suffer from migraines and pinpointed their cause to diet soda,” Bjork says.

It’ll ruin your smile over time

Excessive soda drinking could leave you looking like a Breaking Badextra, according to a case study published in the journal General Dentistry. The research compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in each of them. The culprit here is citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time. (Related: 20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile)

It makes drinking more dangerous

Using diet soda as a low-calorie cocktail mixer has the dangerous effect of getting you drunk faster than sugar-sweetened beverages, according to research from Northern Kentucky University. The study revealed that participants who consumed cocktails mixed with diet drinks had a higher breath alcohol concentration than those who drank alcohol blended with sugared beverages. The researchers believe this is because our bloodstream is able to absorb artificial sweetener more quickly than sugar.

It’s associated with depression

A recent study presented at a the American Academy of Neurology meeting found that over the course of 10 years, people who drank more than four cups or cans of soda a day were 30% more likely to developdepression than those who steered clear of sugary drinks. The correlation held true for both regular and diet drinks, but researchers were sure to note that the risk appeared to be greater for those who primarily drank diet sodas and fruit punches. Although this type of study can’t prove cause and effect, its findings are worth considering.

It may be bad for your bones

Women over 60 are already at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men, and Tufts University researchers found that drinking soda, including diet soda, compounds the problem. They discovered that female cola drinkers had nearly 4% lower bone mineral density in their hips than women who didn’t drink soda. The research even controlled for the participants’ calcium and vitamin D intake. Additionally, a 2006 study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutritionfound that cola intake (all kinds, not just diet) was associated with low bone-mineral density in women.

It may hurt your heart

Just one diet soft drink a day could boost your risk of having a vascular event such as strokeheart attack, or vascular death, according to researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University. Their study found that diet soda devotees were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event than those who drank none. Regular soda drinkers did not appear to have an increased risk of vascular events. Researchers say more studies need to be conducted before definitive conclusions can be made about diet soda’s effects on health.

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