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Today’s Digest

What If You Drank Coke(Soda) and Nothing Else?

The history of Coca-Cola started in 1886, when an American pharmacist called doctor John S Penberton was messing around with carbonated water and syrup he was quite pleased with the result and within a year he was selling 9 servings a day each for 5 cents. But right now around 1.9 billion of servings of come are sold daily. CRAZY RIGHT?

You may not be surprised to learn that it wouldn’t be pretty – and it wouldn’t just be your brown, rotting teeth that suffered.

After a week, you’d already be piling on the pounds – and ageing rapidly – and after a few years, if you really went for it, the effects might be so bad you’d be heading for hospital.

ASAP Science compiled data from studies from universities including Yale to come up with the full, scary lowdown on what a serious coke habit (or heavy use of any other kind of soft drink) will actually do to you.

ASAP science says, ‘After a week of substituting your recommended eight glasses of water for cola instead, you would have consumed around 5432 extra calories.

‘Yale researchers found that when people consume soft drinks, they also consume more calories, mainly because people don’t accurately account for the added calories in their beverages.

And switching to Diet won’t help.

ASAP Science says, ‘Experiments have found that the sweet taste, whether from real or artificial sweetener, enhances our appetite. Many diet drinkers think, ‘I’m having a diet drink, I’ll have large fries with my meal.’

‘Soft drinks can also age us. Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes which shorten over time, and it turns out that their rate of shortening is nearly the same in a person who drinks 600ml of soda in a day.

‘So what if you drank 2 litres of pop every day? Well one woman did just that for 16 years straight, until she was hospitalised at age 31.

‘With no family history of heart problems, she suffereed from arrhythmia and fainting spells, and tests found her deficient in potassium, as both fructose and caffeine can lead to potassium loss, through urine and diarrhoea