I read an article some time back in the New York Times. The title of the article was what caught my attention.
In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.
It’s about a small town in Mexico where drinking water is scarce. SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — is one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but has running water only once every two days. Some neighbourhoods have running water just a few times a week, and many households are forced to buy extra water from tanker trucks.
So many residents drink Cola, which is produced by a local bottling plant, and is easier to find than bottled water and is almost as cheap. Residents of San Cristóbal and the lush highlands that envelop the city drink an average of more than two litres, or more than half a gallon, of Cola every day.
The effect on public health has been devastating. The mortality rate from diabetes has increased 30% between 2013 and 2016, and the disease is now the second-leading cause of death in the state after heart disease, claiming more than 3,000 lives every year.
Cola companies are now pledging to reduce their dependence on sugar, worldwide. They are now acknowledging the fact that too much sugar is not good for anyone and taking action around the world to help people drink less sugar from their beverage portfolios.
Leaving aside the controversy between the Cola giant and the residents of SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, let’s understand what sugary colas do to our bodies.
Now around 500 ml of Cola has around 182 calories. Cola is mainly glucose and fructose. As soon as we drink it, our stomach absorbs the empty calories. The processing begins resulting in our bodies getting disrupted. The glucose makes our blood sugar levels jump. This results in a burst of insulin from our pancreas. And then begins a series of reactions that you will surely wish you never started.
A 350ml can of Cola contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. That one can of Cola has more sugar in it than recommended by the World Health Organization for an entire day.
Overtime, the belly fat and the high amounts of fructose corn syrup, refined salts, and caffeine found in Cola contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity when regularly consumed. Those who drink 1-2 cans of this sugary beverage every day are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
The moral of the story really is very simple. Do not be ignorant like those poor natives of Mexico. Be conscious about what you put in your body and finally. –‘Can’ the Colas and drink a glass of the life-giving H2O.