If you are one of those who feels that Coca Cola is delicious and refreshing and flows from every fountain and that you’ll go better refreshed and that it is a passport to refreshment or that it’s the real thing or the only thing like Coca Cola is Coca Cola itself or that Coke knows no season or that it is the pause that brings friends together or that you need to have a Coke and a smile and if you have a craving for a Coke, a pop, or a diet soda after weight loss surgery then I have some bad news for you. Read: Coca Cola Anti-Obesity Ad.
Perhaps you just enjoy a cold soda on a hot summer’s day. Understandable — but if you’ve had weight loss surgery then please accept my apology because I have yet more bad news.
Perhaps you believe that Pepsi is delicious and healthful and beats the others cold and has something for everyone and refreshes the world and is the choice of a new generation and the high sign of refreshment. That’s all fine, but I am going to tell you point blank: If you think you can drink any brand of soda after weight loss surgery then I have some more bad news for you.
Drinking soda after weight loss surgery is about as bad as an idea can get.
The Sweet Sorrow of Parting: Weight Loss Surgery and Soda
Drinking soda after weight loss surgery is taboo for a simple reason — it’s gonna hurt! Carbonated drinks are not user-friendly for weight loss surgery patients because gas can get into the surgically-constructed gastric pouch or sleeve. The stomach pains caused by this can go beyond belly-ache proportions and actually be quite painful. If you’ve had weight loss surgery and drink soda too soon afterwards then the risk of internal bleeding becomes a possibility.
Dumping syndrome, a problem that results when sugars enter the small intestine without being digested in the stomach, also can occur after drinking certain carbonated beverages. The intestines will draw in water to dilute the sugar and cause a decrease in blood volume. Symptoms of dumping syndrome include weakness, nausea, cold sweats, and diarrhea.
Drinking soda after weight loss surgery can have a negative effect on weight loss, too. If gas from carbonated drinks stretches the pouch and makes it larger, you may then require more food to feel full.
If you must satisfy your carving for soda, try a few pumps of Da Vinci Gourmet Sugar-Free Root Beer Syrup in your water or added to your vanilla protein shake — imagine a creamy root beer shake. If you want to get really wild, top the mock root beer soda with a big creamy head of vanilla-root beer protein shake and enjoy a bariatric-friendly root beer float. Or try Torani Sugar-Free Black Cherry Syrup in your water. Black cherry was a soda from my childhood and Dad’s personal favorite!
Soda after Weight Loss Surgery? It’s Not Healthy in General
Weight loss surgery aside, soda is not very good for you to begin with. According to Rodale Inc., Danish researchers have discovered that drinking non-diet soda increases dangerous and hidden fats. Those subjects who drank regular cola had increases in liver fat, skeletal fat, triglyceride blood fat, and other organ fats.
Shockingly, some U.S. soda brands are using a toxic flame retardant chemical ingredient to prevent the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid.
Finally, there are many sodas that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, a man-made compound that has been shown to cause heart damage and other health problems.
Weight loss surgery or not, all things considered, crossing soda off of your grocery list is a smart idea. Still not convinced? Read: Soda Suicide in America.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life