This Is What Happens To Your Body In The Hour After Drinking Coke

We’ve heard time and again that Coca-Cola — or just about any kind of soda, for that matter — is bad for us. Still, this doesn’t stop most of us from consuming it. But perhaps if we knew exactly what it does to our bodies it might make us think twice.

Niraj Naik, the brains behind The Renegade Pharmacist blog has created this very handy infographic detailing the ugly effects of a deceptively refreshing drink on the body.

“I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the West such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup,” Naik writes.

In a nutshell, fat is not the enemy that keeps people from losing weight, but sugar. “When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets free from processed foods, even if they say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.”

So how does one move away from the delicious fizzy drink for good? “My first piece of advice would be to do a simple swap, replacing fizzy drinks with water and fresh lemon or lime juice,” he says.

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