FoodFacts.com is sure you’ve heard about it by now. The internet has been going crazy over a simple infographic that spells out in plain language exactly what’s happening inside your body after you drink a can of Coke.
A simple infographic about Coca-Cola has gone viral on the Internet and surely who reads it will make up his or her mind not to go for the soft drink any more even though it is a known fact people have enjoyed it for more than 129 years.
The not-at-all-pretty infographic reveals effects of Coke in human body systems within an hour after consumption. It says when one consumes the recommended ten teaspoons of sugar a day, blood sugar rises after 10 minutes and it results in a burst of insulin. This causes the release of more sugar in the bloodstream and thereafter blockage of adenosine receptors in the brain to prevent drowsiness.
The infographic reveals further the body raises production of dopamine after 45 minutes of consumption to stimulate brain’s pleasure centers. It also notes here that this is similar to how our body reacts to heroin.
What else? The extra sugar and artificial chemicals in the Coca-Cola as well as other such drinks further stimulate calcium to leave the system.
After one hour the diuretic properties of the caffeine is said to kick in and forces an individual to pee to deplete the water contained in the Coke. This also releases from the body the electrolytes that could otherwise be used by the body for nutrition.
The infographic suggests drinking Coke to get relief from thirst never replenishes the body, but in fact it further dehydrates the nutrients that helps in building strong bones and teeth.
So is this infographic worth the viral rounds it’s been sent on all over the internet? Is it telling people the truth?
Well … yes and no. There IS plenty of misinformation being disseminated here. We do feel that we should shed some light on various aspects of the infographic that are taking things just a tad too far.
For instance, no one ever vomited from drinking a beverage with ten teaspoons of sugar (or more for that matter) that did not contain phosphoric acid. Just ask anyone who really loves McDonald’s Chocolate Shakes and only orders the largest size available. That person is ingesting over 19 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR in that 22 ounce beverage that contains no phosphoric acid at all … and he’s not throwing up from the sugar.
At 20 minutes in, the infographic states that your insulin levels go up and cause your liver to create fat.
While your liver may well be creating fat, it’s not the insulin spike that’s the problem. It’s about how your liver metabolizes fructose.
There are plenty of other examples of overstatements in this infographic. FoodFacts.com does feel compelled to point these things out as we do believe in transparency in all things … even though we don’t think anyone should be drinking soda.
And while the overstatements, or embellishments, don’t help anyone make that case, everyone does need to know that soda and too much sugar ARE detrimental to your health.
The infographic went for drama. And that got a lot of attention. And that’s good. We need to pay attention to the idea that we shouldn’t be drinking soda and we need to get rid of the idea that it isn’t a big deal. It is.