Coca-Cola, also known as Coke, is an iconic American brand that is recognized instantly around the globe and sold more 200 countries in the world. Statistics show that around the globe, the average person consumes a Coke product every four days. However, you would think again before drinking this carbonated beverage after reading these facts:
A single can of Coke has approximately 10 teaspoons of added sugar. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the daily recommended dosage of added sugar should not be more than 6 teaspoons. A can of coke increases our sugar intake that leads to various health complications.
Now, British pharmacist Niraj Naik created an infographic that shows the harmful effects of 330 ml can of Coca-Cola to body within one hour.
According to the released infographic, Within 20 minutes of drinking Coke, blood sugar levels in our body dramatically increase, causing a burst of insulin in our body. After that, the liver turns the high amount of sugar in our body into fat.
Naik (also known as The Renegade Pharmacist) also noted that the intense sweetness due to enormous amount of added sugars should make us vomit after drink it, but because of phosphoric acid in the Coke, the sweetness in the beverage dulls, enabling us to keep drinking it.
He warned that the way Coke stimulates our brain is comparable to the effects of heroin, making it very addictive.
Regular consumption of coke can “lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” he said in a statement.
After releasing the inforgraphic to the public, two experts contested the facts stated on it.
Kimber Stanhope, associate research nutritional biologist from the University of California Davis, dismissed that idea that stated Coke’s 10 teaspoons of added sugar can make drinkers vomit if it weren’t for the phosphoric acid that cuts the flavor.
She explained “By far the majority of people have no trouble consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar-sweetened beverage. We have studied hundreds of participants in our studies who consumed beverages that contained more than 10 teaspoons of sugar, but no phosphoric acid. Not one ever vomited due to the sweetness, and I don’t remember any of them ever reporting that they felt nauseated due to the sweetness.”
Stanhope also did not found any evidence of increased insulin levels from drinking coke that causes the liver to create fat.
Another expert on field, Michael A. Taffe, associate professor for the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at the Scripps Research Institute, said the claim that likens the addictive effects of Coke on the brain and the effect of heroin is also exaggerated.
He said that “this sensationalistic description makes it sound more dramatic than is the experience for the average Coke drinker.”
For the creator of infographic, Naik advised that we should replace fizzy drinks with water and fresh lemon juice or lime drinks, “In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on our health.”
Previous studies show that people who drink 1-2 cans of sugary beverages daily are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and sugary drinks consumption contributes to 184,000 global deaths each year.