Have you ever come home from a long day, opened up your fridge and grabbed the nearest beverage? Maybe it was Coke. And when I say “grab” what I really mean is slammed down your throat as if it would make all of life’s problems go away.
The question is, can Coca Cola burn a hole in your stomach? To put it simply, the answer is No. Your stomach is designed to take a lot of abuse and is full of hydrochloric acid that will eat away most substances. So it would take a lot more than a little refreshing coke to burn a hole in your stomach!
We talked a bit about the potency of the stomach acids in the post Can a Watermelon Grow in Your Stomach. A very interesting read indeed, definitely worth checking out. The part about the fir tree growing inside the man’s left lung is for sure a clincher! Anyway, let’s move forward with Coca Cola…
While many people are aware of the urban legends behind Coca Cola, there is still a lot to be learned. For instance, did you know that one says it can cause death due to carbon dioxide poisoning? The world’s most famous soft drink has been subject for seemingly countless tales and stories since its inception in 1886. One suggests that Coca Cola dissolves teeth, while others say it will make a very effective spermicide! Personally I’ve even used Coca Cola to disolve corrosion on the battery terminals of my car. It works great!
Why does Coca Cola make my Stomach Hurt?
Coca Cola is a popular drink in the United States, but many people are starting to question what it’s doing to their stomach. Coca Cola has been shown to cause severe gastrointestinal distress and even death when consumed in large quantities. Do you ever drink a Coca Cola and then feel stomach pain? It’s because of the phosphoric acid content.
Phosphoric acid is found in many foods that we eat every day such as soft drinks, colas, juice products, salad dressings and other processed food items. Phosphoric acid can cause heartburn or indigestion for some people when it reacts with these foods in our stomach and intestines.
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Coca Cola is a carbonated beverage that many people around the world enjoy. It is made up of water, sugar, phosphoric acid and natural flavors. The company has been using this same formula since 1886!
Phosphoric acid gives Coca Cola its tangy taste, but also causes some people to experience stomach discomfort after drinking it. This acid is found in almost all colas on the market today. Phosphoric acid also helps give Coca Cola its distinctive flavor by helping to break down sugars into smaller molecules more quickly than other acids would.
What Happens to Coca Cola in your Stomach?
Coca Cola is one of the most popular beverages in the world, but not many people know what happens to Coca Cola when it enters your stomach. Coca Cola’s main ingredient is carbonated water that has been infused with a mixture of sugar and caffeine. When you drink a can or bottle of coke, there are several phases that happen on its way through your system.
Digesting Coca Cola is a complicated process that involves the stomach, small intestine and colon. The enzymes in your saliva help start to break down the sugar in coca cola. After entering the stomach, it enters into an acidic environment where more of the sugar breaks down and other liquids are absorbed by blood vessels lining your stomach wall.
The carbonation bubbles get into liquid from gas form and creates CO2 gas which causes the Coke to become less dense than other liquids in your stomach. This means it will float on top. This process is what causes many people to burp or belch after consuming any type of soda or carbonated beverage.
This creates a slurry mixture which then passes into your small intestine. Here bile salts from your gall bladder enter this area of digestion to emulsify fats so they can be broken down by pancreatic enzymes. Afterwards passing on through to become part of waste material known as feces or stool. From here it’s passed out of your body via bowel movements.
Can Coca Cola Cause Stomach Problems?
Caffeine is one of the main ingredients in Coke. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system which may cause stomach problems for some people who are sensitive to it. The amount of caffeine varies depending on what type you are drinking; diet colas contain less caffeine. The stomach may be sensitive to caffeine due to its stimulating effect on the central nervous system which can cause side effects like nausea and diarrhea.
Similarly, phosphoric acid, as discussed earlier, may also cause stomach problems after drinking Coca Cola. For many years Coca Cola and other popular sodas have been made with phosphoric acid. This is an additive that helps to give the drink its tangy taste as well as a variety of health benefits.
However, recently it has come to light that this ingredient can cause stomach problems like heartburn and ulcers in some people. While it’s not clear how common these side effects are or who may be most at risk for them, studies show there is a link between drinking soda containing phosphoric acid and gastrointestinal issues.
So if you’re worried that drinking a little coke will burn a hole in your stomach. Well fret no more my friend… Drinking Coca Cola, or any other carbonated beverage will most certainly not burn a hole in your stomach. But if you have pre-existing gastrointestinal issues or are sensitive to phosphoric acid or caffeine, then I would suggest drinking it in moderation. Enjoying Coke has never been easier, with no worries!