Ever wondered how long it takes for soda to digest? Well as a soda enthusiast myself it’s something I needed to research and here’s what id like to share with you.
You might be wondering whether soda is good for your digestion since it’s fizzy.
And whether it’s bad for your stomach to drink soda.
Keep reading, to find out the answers to these questions and more.
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Does soda help you digest food?
If you’ve heard of a Coke Float or Root beer Float you may have noticed that icecream causes a reaction when mixed with soda.
You might have also seen a Mentos fountain, where you drop some Mentos into a bottle of soda and it make a foam fountain.
As you can see, certain foods that mix with soda can cause an upset stomach.
But, these foods are few an far between.
And mentos is currently the only known food to do that.
Carbonic acid in sodas
When soda is carbonated CO2 gas is pumped into water H2O.
When this happens CO2 gas mixes with the water to make carbonic acid H2CO3.
Carbonic acid is considered a weak acid, and is about the same strength as citric acid in the opinion of CK-12 Foundation.
Citric acid naturally occurs in lemons, limes, and oranges, and other sour tangy fruit.
Web MD says citrus fruits can sometimes give you an upset stomach.
But, in small quantities like under a cup you’ll feel fine.
Is it bad to drink soda while eating?
They go on say that drinking liquids with a meal can help soften it, and keep your digestive system healthy.
Therefore, having a can of soda with some fast food, or having a beer with a meal has no effect on how well you digest your meal.
But, be sure not to drink more than a cup of soda or you’ll exceed the recommended sugar intake, which is 25g or 2 tablespoons of sugar.
If you consistently consume too much sugar your increase the rest of getting cancer, and heart disease, as explained here by Harvard Medical School.
How long does soda stay in your system?
A somewhat widespread myth about sodas is that when you drink soda with sugar in it, you will experience a sugar rush and subsequent sugar crash.
However, this has been shown to not happen as explained by Medical News Today.
They found that when you consume food or drink that’s high in sugar it decreases your alertness and makes your feel fatigued within an hour.
How long does it take for soda to leave your system?
Soda will take more or less time to leave your system depending on how much food is in your system, what kind of food it is, and how healthy your digestive system is.
When the liquid makes it’s way through your digestive system nutrients are absorbed through the walls of your intestines, where it’s distributed throughout body.
But, you can also have intestinal parasites that live in your gut according to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
That will slow down digestion and reduce how many nutrients your absorb.
They are surprisingly common.
They latch on to the sides of your intestines and survive on the food, and chemicals that passes through your intestines.
Many people live with them for years before any symptoms manifest.
Common symptoms of intestinal parasites:
- Feeling tired
- Itchy anus
- Stomach pain/tenderness
- Unusual amounts of gas and bloating.
A common way to get rid of them is to fast for 24 for 48 hours and then drink a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar or eat raw ginger to kill them.
This starves them until they’re really hungry and then delivers the final blow with the acidity of the apple cider vinegar or the spicyness of the raw ginger.
There are also a range of all natural pills you can take that have a mix of spices that kill parasites and increase your digestive health and contain things like turmeric and ginger.
Does Coke clean your insides?
According to doctors at Healthline, foods that are good for digestion are:
- Foods high in fiber such as legumes, peas, bananas, berries, asparagus, leeks, and oats.
- Garlic and onion
- Fermented foods. Such as greek yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and kefir. You can buy these in small amounts and eat a tablespoon a day to strengthen your system.
- Collagen boosting foods such as bone broth, and salmon.
Eating these foods will clean your insides the best.
What can soda do to your stomach?
You might have heard that you can dissolve a coin in a glass of Coke.
But, it’s been shown in experiments that nothing happens to a coin or any other metal, as showed in videos on Youtube of people who tried it and nothing happened [here, link: What can coke dissolve?].
I’ll summarise the key points of this article in condensed form:
- Soda takes between 40 minutes and 2 hours to be digest and pass through your body.
- Soda remains in the stomach for only 10 minutes before it passes into the intestines.
- There is no scientific link between drinking soda and helping or hindering digestion.
- You should only drink 1 cup of soda a day to stay under the recommended daily sugar intake.