How bad really is Coca-Cola for you?

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  1. El Pelele

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    I seriously drink like maybe 1.5-2 liters every day since I was a boy, but i used to drink a lot less before of course, it's been since the last 4-5 years that i've drinked that much.

    I've considered quitting many times, but it's really hard. I have an uncle who is like 57 and he has been drinking all his life like twice as much as i have, maybe more, and he's still kicking. The thing I fear about this stuff is the "excessive amount of sugar" it supposedly has, for like, diabetes or something like that.

    so anyone knows how bad this really is or what could it give you?
     
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  2. WildVolley

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    Well, it isn't good for you. Drinking 2 liters a day is really overkill. The amount of sugar you are taking in can become a problem if you don't exercise enough and become overweight.

    Instead of trying to quit all at once, why don't you just drink it one time a day, and then drink water the rest of the day?
     
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    Yes, soda is bad for you. The excessive sugar will raise your blood glucose level and it will stress your pancreas to deal with that sudden raise of glucose level. This can lead to insulin-resistance (this is the very very short and simple version of what actually happens...). Insulin-resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes, which is when your body can't lower your blood glucose level. When this happens, you can die/fall into a coma/yada yada yada.
     
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  4. El Pelele

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    Well, i forgot to add that i do exercise a lot, i play tennis for one, and besides that i work out a lot too, oh and i also drink A LOT of water too, more than i drink coke.

    I think 2 liters is a bit exaggerated, because i don't live alone, so i'm not the only one who drinks in the house, so it maybe is like 1.5.

    can all that be countered by doing a lot of exercise and drinking plenty of water?
     
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  5. WildVolley

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    Look, taking in large amounts of sugar every day is probably not good for your health. Coca-cola is basically like liquid candy. Being young and exercising probably helps as does drinking a lot of water.

    Basically, you won't find a doctor or sports nutritionist recommending that you drink a large quantity of soft drinks or even things like fruit juice.

    So, if you want to optimize your health and athletic performance, you'll probably benefit by adopting a healthier diet. And in any case, it will probably save you some money if you just drink it once in a while.

    I have access to a free soft-drink dispenser at lunch, so I know how difficult it can be to control your intake. But I think it is something worth doing. A little discipline never hurt anyone.:)
     
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    I agree with Wildvolley, slow down in moderation. Thats kind of what I did, and now I seldom ever drink soft drinks. Usually water now.

    Also, you're also lucky. At least you're not addicted to crack or pot.
     
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  7. El Pelele

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    hehe yeah, I don't even bother trying that never ever, because i know you lose control with that stuff and you get addicted quickly and die even faster. I've had a lot of chances of trying out drugs, but i always run away from the spot and refuse even trying that crazyness.

    I just spoke to a guy right now about the effects of coca-cola and sugar, he's just a friend who's like 36 and he also drinks a lot of it, but he knows some. He said that, yes it is abviously bad, but that if you do exercises and keep yourself active, it doesn't affect you, because all the sugar you take, you burn it when you do exercises and activities. He said that the real damage comes when you consume a lot of it and don't do anything, that is, you don't do any exercise or stay active, so he said that older people who just work normally and don't do much exercise are the ones that can get affected by it, but not young people like myself (19) and that of course do exercise.

    Anyways, I'll try and quit drinking at all this month, once i stopped for like 37 days, so i know i can do it.
     
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    This is not entirely accurate. When you exercise, you're basically making your cells more "sensitive" to all the sugar in your blood so your cells can absorb that sugar to lower your blood glucose level. Drinking soda will still stress your pancreas no matter how much you exercise, although, i'll admit, not as much. I strongly recommend you don't consume that much soda. Period.
     
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    how are you addicted to cola?
     
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    well, in any case, are the consecuences (the bad ones) developed over a long period of time, and if you didn't get anything, can quitting on the spot get you recovered again, even if you didn't have any visible damages or whatever?
     
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    you can't quit just like that, you will need to get to 1L per day, then to one glass and over some period of say a few months you will be able to get rid of it...

    you will be feeling tired if you stop to consume it at all,because of sugar and caffein
     
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    It's possible to get addicted to cola because of the caffeine. However, it is probably one of the safer addictions. Caffeine taken in moderation doesn't seem to harm health, and the side effect of withdrawal is mostly headaches for most people.
     
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    don't know, it's just the drink i like most when having a pizza or eating chips or having a smoke
     
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    well, like i said, once (like 2 years ago) i stopped drinking completely from one day to the other and kept it for 37 days
     
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    but you returned to it didn't you? so it's not working that way.
     
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    i returned to it because i had asked God a certain favor in return of doing that (lol), but since it didn't happen, i said what the heck and abandoned the "sacrifice"
     
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    so in addition to the coke, you eat pizza and chips and you smoke?

    not a very healthy person huh? ;)
     
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    hey, but it's not like every day!

    Pizza i seldom eat, like 3 times a month or less maybe

    chips are rare too, but more than the pizza %

    and smoke yes i do, but less than 10 a day.
     
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    ok, so i say that you will became a new Federer in 10 years if you quit coke now :twisted:
     
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    Stop smoking. Stop drinking soda. Your body will thank you.
     
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    I wouldn't be too concerned about pizza. Famed Harvard nutritionist Jean Mayer years ago declared it the fast food of choice, noting that flour, tomato sauce, a little cheese and olive oil is really a relatively healthy concoction. Beware the add-ons....pepperoni nearly doubles the calorie count, for example.
     
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    thats a hell of a lot of liquid a day
     
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    Oh my god, slow down for a second! You smoke <10 a day and you're worried about your addiction to cola? That is a much bigger fish to fry, and after you stop smoking, getting off cola will seem like a piece of cake.


    Note the food analogies.
     
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    I also over drink soda's along with another 75872045720475 (exageration) people here. It hasn't hurt me yet, but I also do alot to more than equal it out.
     
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    less than 10 cigarrettes isn't that big a deal, i know people who smoke 2 packs a day, that's 40 cigarrettes! Now that is an addiction.
     
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    how old are you? it hasn't hurt me yet either, but my fear is that maybe someday it will hurt like at once, bang!
     
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    coke zero is your friend. same taste, no sugar!
     
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    imo just first stop smoking then worry about the coke
     
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    Coke isn't nearly as bad as smoking, but that sugar and caffeine can catch up to you eventually. Drinking Coke can contribute to acquiring type 2 diabetes, but you'd have to not only drink an absurd amount, you'd have to live a pretty sedentary lifestyle so don't believe that Coke alone will give you diabetes. It may contribute, but don't stress too much. Cut back on the Coke and replace it with water. If you need that Coke taste so much, drink a glass of water first and then have a glass of Coke. Drink the water for your thirst and the Coke just for the taste.
     
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  30. El Pelele

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    that's what i've been doing lately, drinking a lot more water than coke.

    The first thing i do when i get up is drink like 1/2 a litre of not so cold water or maybe a bit less, and throughout the day i drink a lot of water too, but lately i've been drinking less coke, and not so often, but still everyday.

    EDIT: thanks for the advice!
     
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    All the exercise in the world will not undo the damage that coke and smoking are doing to your teeth.

    It seems to me you are drinking an awful lot of fluids, even for someone who does exercise and that could also be a problem. I wonder if there is more that you are not telling us, perhaps you should just get a referral to a good nutritionist instead of getting piecemeal advice here.
     
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  32. El Pelele

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    ^^Nope, that's about it, but it's not THAT an awful amount of fluid
     
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    El Pelele, I can tell you as someone that has sworn off soda that the results are worth it. You will be happier because you have a better body, better mind, and better convictions. I've done it for three years now, and I'm in high school, where soda is all around me. Good luck breaking the habit!
     
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    I've also been off soda for the last few years, although I still drink it occasionally when I go out to eat. I used to be a long-time soda drinker, but at some point, I felt like I it's no longer enjoyable, and like my body is telling me to quit. So I just quit cold turkey. I don't think I'm addicted to it because I can still drink it occasionally and not get hooked back on.
     
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    Soda, even diet soda, is chemicals. Chemicals that, if you were to pour into the engine of your car, would corride it over time.

    Do you really want that in your body?

    Honestly, I quit soda cold turkey when I found out just how bad it was for me. Never missed it, but I've never been much of a caffeine lover, either.

    But it is important to know, it isn't just the high sugar in sodas that is bad for you, it is the whole concoction of crap that really, you are much better off without.

    It also, over time, leeches the calcium from your bones.

    Seriously, just don't drink it in any form.
     
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    Drink juice if you want sugary drink. Add soda water if you want fizz. Quit smoking. What you are doing now will catch up to you when you are 40+ years old.
     
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    Man, forget about the cola addiction for now. The cigarettes will kill you much faster. First, try to reduce and possibly eliminate smoking. Cigarettes shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as pizza and chips and coke. They are a whole different league of killing machines.
     
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    I mentioned the same thing in post 29, but it seems like the op is addicted to smokes. I'm a former smoker too and I used to make the same excuses as the op. Half a pack a day is not that much, yada yada... Cigarettes are bad for you, period.
     
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    10 cigs a day for a week....a month....a year.... that's a lot of cigarettes.

    The results when stopping smoking are immediate, I would worry about that before I worried so much about coca cola.
    Seems to be denial if you think 10 cigs is nothing and you see people around you smoking a pack plus a day.
     
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    You can't get addicted to pot.
     
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    It's funny how people fret over the sugar in Coca Cola. Read the ingredients some time and you'll conclude that the sugar is the most food-like thing that they put in it.
     
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    Yes you can, you absolutely can. And you can go through withdrawals when you stop smoking it.
     
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  43. Satch

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    i would rather drink 2L of original cola per day than 0.33 of zero... that thing is a real killer, sure it doesn't have sugar, but it does more damage to your body that real sugar.
     
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    OP, ever been to the dentist? Yikes.
     
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    Perhaps, but not nearly addictive or damaging as many other drugs, such as alcohol, and withdrawal (if experienced at all) is far less that most other drugs. So yes, it's addictive, but not to the degree of other widely known addictive substances. (like cigarettes or alcohol)
     
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    True. There are many articles about sugar substitutes (i.e. saccharin) and basically they turn to turns to acids that your body can't really process, especially when in large amounts.
     
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    A few years back I had a friend stay with me for a weekend so he could stop smoking pot and go through the withdrawal. It was a very emotional thing and the physical withdrawal was pretty hard too. He had already cut his usage back but the 3 days with me were his final step. It was not anything like hard core drug withdrawal, but it was a real thing. I'm not sure where you are getting your information about this topic, but you might want to consider other sources. :) (Doesn't really matter as long as YOU aren't using any).
     
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    When I was at uni I smoked 20-30 and drank a tin of pop per day. I found it much harder giving up the Coke than stopping smoking: the withdrawl from sugar and caffeine were much more severe than the lack of nicotine (I should mention I've never taken a liking to tea or coffee, so Coke was my only source of caffeine). Fatigue, headaches... it was nasty.

    To stop smoking, I'm a believer in cold turkey. You will find that you are addicted more to the habit than the nicotine, and so you have to get it in your head that you will stop. To do that you have to want to stop, and as this thread is about Coke then maybe the OP doesn't.

    To give up Coke, I would suggest cutting down whilst you wean yourself from it to help with the side effects. Drink a lot of water to help with the headaches.

    Good luck to the OP if you try to kick either.
     
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    when they compare what coke does to your insides saying that it takes off the rust in nails and stuff like that, i don't know if this is right, but i think "that's because that's a metal, but are your insides metallic?" hehe.

    Yeah, i'll attempt getting rid of both smoking and coke at the same time, but i find giving up smokes way easier than coke, but i'll do it.

    About my teeth, they are fine, i wash them like 3-4 times a day, after every meal, or when i feel they need to be washed. I don't have any cavities.
     
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    I've been trying to for years...
     
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