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This is what a can of Coca-Cola does to your body in one hour


So this isn’t something new or earth-shattering. We have known all sodas are bad for our bodies. We have heard of the guy who drank coke for a month and put on all that weight or the guy who gave up coke and turned into Mr. Muscle Man. We know the stories, but some of us sneak that can of soda just because, it’s amazingly tasty. And we still watch TV right? Even if it’s bad for our eyes. 

But then came out this infographic, two days ago which has us shaking in our bones, including me(the coke-lover). The graphic has since gone viral and is taking the world by storm. Take a look at it below. 

The graphic was posted by the Renegade Pharmacist, based on information taken by a study by Wade Meredith. The graphic claims the following:

In the first 10 minutes, your body will have taken in 100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar. That’s a whole 10 teaspoons worth.

Twenty minutes after your final sip, your blood sugar spikes. Your liver then fights back by turning that excess sugar into fat.

After 45 minutes, your body finishes absorbing all the caffeine and your body increases its dopamine production. The effect is similar to how heroin works on the pleasure centers of your brain.

A full hour after finishing your drink, the diuretic properties of the caffeine come into play. They cause you to use the restroom, and in turn flush away calcium, magnesium and zinc your body needs. The dopamine production also comes to a halt, leading to a sugar crash which can cause you to become irritable and sluggish.

Now, we don’t know the accuracy of this study. But we are guessing it doesn’t just apply to coke and does apply to all sodas. According to BuzzFeed News, the science of the study maybe a bit exaggerated. They reached out to Kimber Stanhope, Ph.D., RD, an associate research nutritional biologist for the University of California Davis department of molecular biosciences, to clarify some of the soda science.

Stanhope says many of the claims about the effect of caffeine on your body are “way overblown, as such things tend to be,” saying the average Coke drinker can easily handle the dose found in a 12-ounce drink. The same goes for the claims about the impact sugar intake has on your body.

The Renegade Pharmacist stood by his infographic saying that he normally uses it to encourage people to switch to healthier drinks like fresh juices and smoothies. “Replacing fizzy drinks with water with fresh lemon or lime juice can have a dramatic effect on their health,” he said via an email. “This indicated to me that fizzy drinks and sugar were big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

While you’re pondering this, why don’t you try our list of healthy smoothies.