A ‘RENEGADE pharmacist’ made headlines last week when he revealed what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an hour after drinking it. Now Niraj Naik has taken aim at Diet Coke.
The Brit has shared an alarming infographic on his Renegade Pharmacist blog, which outlines how the popular soft drink affects you from 10 minutes after the first sip.
First 10 minutes: The phosphoric acid attacks tooth enamel while the artificial sweeteners (like aspartame) hit your system, possibly triggering taste receptors and tricking your body into thinking it has processed sugar.
20 minutes: Diet Coke can trigger insulin which sends your body into fat storage mode.
40 minutes: The combination of caffeine and aspartame creates a short addictive high similar to how cocaine works. Excitotoxins are released which may exhaust your brain by overstimulating its neuroreceptors.
60 minutes and beyond: Your body may still crave sweets, pushing you to reach for another can or some other junk food. It won’t quench your thirst, but instead leave you dehydrated.
Beneath the infographic, Niraj Naik explained what he considered to be the “hidden dangers” of sugar-free drinks.
“A can of diet cola contains 44-62mg of phosphoric acid, more than in many other soft drinks and researchers at Tufts University in Boston showed that women who regularly drank three or more cans a day had four per cent lower bone mineral density in their hips compared to those who preferred other soft drinks,” he wrote.
“In experiments at Harvard University, it was found to make skin and muscles wither and to damage the heart and kidneys over time.
“Phosphoric acid has been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones and drinking 2 or more colas per day is associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease caused by a combination of phosphoric acid, caffeine and other additives.”
Last week, the former pharmacist documented how Coca-Cola affects the body up to an hour after it is consumed.
When asked about Niraj Naik’s “discovery”, a Coca-Cola spokesman said: “People have enjoyed drinking a Coca-Cola for more than 129 years. Like all soft drinks, it is perfectly safe to drink and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle.
“We provide a choice of colas to meet the needs of different consumers, including options that are lower sugar, sugar free and caffeine free.”
The company has not commented on Niraj Naik’s latest guide.