MELBOURNE: After Indian origin scientist Niraj Naik recently revealed what Coca-Cola does to our body up to an hour after drinking, he has now done the same for Diet Coke.
The former community pharmacist's infographic on his Renegade Pharmacist blog highlights the “hidden dangers” of the popular soft drink from 10 minutes after the first sip, News.com.au reported.
In the first 10 minutes, the phosphoric acid attacks tooth enamel while the artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it has processed sugar.
20 minutes later, Diet Coke can trigger insulin which sends the body into fat storage mode, and after 40 minutes, the combination of caffeine and aspartame creates a short addictive high just like cocaine.
Excitotoxins are released which may exhaust your brain by overstimulating its neuroreceptors.
After an hour, people may still crave sweets, which makes them either go for another can or some other junk food. However, it does not satisfy the thirst, and leaves one dehydrated.
Naik wrote that one can of diet cola contains 44-62mg of phosphoric acid, with Boston’s Tufts University research showing that women who regularly drank the beverage had four per cent lower bone mineral density in their hips compared to those who preferred other soft drinks.
It was found even found to make skin and muscles wither and to damage the heart and kidneys over time in Harvard University experiments, he added.
Meanwhile, a Coca-Cola spokeswoman called the infographics “misleading, scaremongering and simply junk science,” claiming that their products were loved by millions around the world and were safe to consume.
Earlier, responding to Naik’s previous claims about Coca-Cola, a spokesman for the brand had said “People have enjoyed drinking Coca-Cola for more than 129 years, and it like any other soft drink perfectly safe.