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Coca-cola: Good or Bad ?

Overview

Recently in one of his interviews, Cristiano Ronaldo moved Coca-Cola bottles aside as he sat down to talk to the media personalities on the eve of Tuesday’s 15th of June Group F opener in Budapest, and said, “drink water”. This move by Cristiano cost Coca-Cola company around 4 billion dollars in market evaluation.

This action of the most famous sports athlete has sparked a debate in the population about the health concerns of Coca-Cola and other caffeinated sugary drinks available in the market.

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What are caffeinated drinks ?

A caffeinated drink, or also known as a caffeinated beverage, are drinks that contain caffeine as their main constituent. Caffeine is the most widely consumed central nervous system stimulant and is popular in most of the developed countries. The most common caffeinated beverages are coffee and tea, with Finland the highest consumer of coffee per capita.

Coca-Cola also comes under-caffeinated beverages, it’s a carbonated drink with added sugars and some other constituents which will be discussed below.

Constituents of Coca-Cola

Per 100ml of Coca-Cola classic contains

  • Protein- 0 grams
  • Total fat- 0 grams
  • Saturated fat- 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates- 10.6 grams
  • Sugars- 10.6 grams
  • Sodium- 10mg
  • Caffeine- Approx. 34 milli-grams
  • Calcium, Dietary fiber, caramel and food acid

Sugary drinks, a slow poison ?

It’s a well-known fact that sugary drinks are significant contributors to a number of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, heart problems, etc.

Most of the sugary caffeinated beverages contain 30 grams of sugar per 250ml (minimum serve), equivalent to around 10 tps. whereas WHO’s limit consumption sugar to around 6tps daily.

In not a very old research it was estimated around 200 thousand deaths take place because of consumption of sugary drinks like coke.

After 20 minutes of drinking these beverages body’s sugar levels increases drastically creating pressure on the pancreas for a burst of insulin.

These drinks also have effects on the person’s sleep cycle, the effect on the sleep pattern by the stimulant caffeine is well studied.

Conclusions

Much past research has already confirmed many risks of consuming Soda or other sugary caffeinated drinks.

Although anything consumed in abundance has negative effects, if taken in the right amount then it’s negligible that drinking cola will cause any harm.

Many sugar-free versions of Coca-Cola are also available in the market, sold as Coca-Cola Zero, which can be taken as an alternative to reduce any potential health-related issues if you drink coke on a frequent basis.

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