To Renegade Pharmacist: Is it Just a One Shot Attack against Coke or are you making a Crusade out of it?

Life goes on for Coke and the giant beverage company still touts that its soft rink is the real thing. At the end of the day, people will continue to drink it despite all the proofs that make it health hazard. So what’s your next move Renegade Pharmacist? Are you doing just a one shot attack or are you making a crusade out of it?

So what more does the infographic has to offer. Much, much more I suppose. Below is the original article.

An infographic that shows how Coke damages the body becomes viral.  The infographic was created by Niraj Naik aka The Renegade Pharmacist. Although some people claim that it is exaggerated, much of it is true.

Naik says that it is the high fructose corn syrup in Coke that makes it damaging. Naik explains: “High fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets, and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger.”

Naik also narrated that his experience as a pharmacist has given him a close up of the debilitating effects of the soda on ailing people whose conditions were made worse by the addiction to the softdrink. He advises people to “wean themselves” of the beverage.  He shares a secret to ending the addiction through HuffPost UK Lifestyle:

“My first piece of advice to them would be to do a simple swap, replacing fizzy drinks with    water and fresh lemon or lime juice. In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic           effect on their health. This indicates to me that fizzy drinks and sugar are big issues relating       to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

Segments of the infographic however were contested by two experts interviewed by Buzzfeed.  The part which states that people may vomit “from taking in Coke’s 10 teaspoons of sugar if it weren’t for the phosphoric acid that cuts the flavor” was dismissed by  associate research nutritional biologist from the University of California Davis,Kimber Stanhope as untrue. Stanhope explains:

“By far the majority of people have no trouble consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar-sweetened             beverage. We have studied hundreds of participants in our studies who consumed   beverages that contained more than 10 teaspoons of sugar, but no phosphoric acid. Not one            ever vomited due to the sweetness, and I don’t remember any of them ever reporting that      they felt nauseated due to the sweetness.”

Stanhope also denied that increased insulin levels cause the liver to create fat.

On the other hand, Michael A. Taffe, associate professor for the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at the Scripps Research Institute opined that the claim that likens the effect of the high caffeine content of Coke on the brain to the effect of heroin is also highly exaggerated. “Everything about drugs needs to be understood in terms of dose and tolerance. This sensationalistic description makes it sound more dramatic than is the experience for the average Coke drinker. It’s way overblown, as such things tend to be,” says Taffe.

The infographic however, was for the most part, able to present factual information of what Coke does to the body within one hour since it is consumed:


In the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar, equivalent to 100 percent of the recommended daily intake, enters the body. Within 20 minutes, blood sugar levels increase, creating “insulin burst”. It takes another 20 minutes before caffeine is fully absorbed by the body.   “The adenosine receptors in [the] brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.” Within 60 minutes since the intake of Coke, “the phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.” After an hour, one feels the urge to pee.  Along with urine, calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as sodium, electrolyte and water, are excreted.  Then one experiences “sugar crash” and feels “irritable and/or sluggish.”

Ok, are we finished? Let us brace ourselves because Coca Cola is going to get back at us. It has millions to spend to discredit what we have presented so far,