Can I Give My Baby Coca Cola? Answer: NO
Coca cola is a carbonated beverage which contains very high levels of sugar. It also contains caffeine, phosphorus and coloring agents. A baby has a delicate digestion, as well as being sensitive to stimulants and does not need coca cola to drink. Caffeine can also act as a diuretic and lead to dehydration. This is a drink for adults, it should not be given to babies or small children.
Breast Feeding and Coca Cola
There is an old wives tale that consuming coca cola will stimulate the flow of breast milk. This is not true, and the levels of caffeine and sugar which will actually flow through to your baby can affect their ability to sleep. The caffeine in coca cola can contribute to dehydration which will affect your milk quantities. Your nipple is a modified sweat gland; caffeine and sugar do not stimulate your sweat glands and so this drink will have no impact on milk production.
What Are The Ingredients Of Coca Cola?
Coca Cola is created by mixing carbonated water with the concentrated syrup made by the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The syrup contains sugar – sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, phosphoric acid, caramel color and natural flavorings.
- Sugar (sucrose or high fructose corn syrup)
- Phosphoric acid
- Caramel color
- Natural flavorings
- Carbonated water
There are often whispers of coca cola containing traces of cocaine, and originally the drink did in fact contain the opiate. The coca leaf is used as part of the ingredients for the coca cola concentrate and today the company uses a cocaine free coca leaf extract in manufacturing the drink.
Nutritional Value Of Coca Cola
In a 12 ounce can of coca cola you will typically find 39 grams of carbohydrates, 50mg of sodium and 140 calories. You will not find any fat or potassium. The carbohydrates are all sugar – approximately the equivalent of 10 teaspoons per can.
There is no nutritional value in coca cola.
Links Between Bone Density And Coca Cola Consumption
In a study completed at Tufts University in Boston in 2006 researchers found that continuous, regular consumption of cola carbonated drinks may be linked to lower bone density in women. There were 1,413 women who participated in the study and had dietary records and bone density recorded over five years. Those women who regularly consumed cola or diet cola beverages at least three times per week had significantly lower bone density than those women who drank cola once per week or less.
It is believed that the phosphorus in cola type drinks is the cause. When the body processes phosphorus it uses the body’s calcium and magnesium. If these minerals are not available in the blood stream, they are drawn from elsewhere. Our bones hold our largest stores of calcium.