Thanks to Niraj Naik, a former pharmacist, and his infographic, the effects of Coca-Cola on our bodies has never been more clear – and freaky.
The graphic shows a timeline of sorts, from when you first down a 12-ounce can, to an hour after. Under each timestamp is a description of Coke’s effect on your body and, in turn, your body’s response.
To paint a picture, drinking a can of Coke is like riding a roller coaster — an unhealthy one.
Upon consuming one can, you’re already off to a rocky start by maxing out the recommended daily intake of sugar. The first 45 minutes after your indulgence is perhaps the scariest. Naik says your liver responds to the influx of the sugar fructose by converting it to fat.
“It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process, he said. “It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full. This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.”
What’s more is that during this dreadful fat conversion, you’ll be experiencing a pleasant caffeine high when you’re body triggers its pleasure centers with the neurotransmitter dopamine. It’s like you’re being rewarded for treating your body so poorly.
It’s all downhill around the one-hour mark: The caffeine will make you urinate out the beneficial nutrients, like calcium and zinc, Coke’s phosphoric acid bound itself to in your intestines. In culmination, you’re caffeine high crashes down and you’ll most likely feel “irritable and sluggish.”
The takeaway from this Coke PSA is to watch your high fructose corn syrup intake.
“When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets free from processed foods,” Naik said. “They started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.”
Naik suggests to substitue soda with water with lemon or green tea. We’ll probably still drink coke.