The image below, warning people about the dangers of drinking Coca-Cola — originally published on a blog called the Renegade Pharmacist — has gone viral.Compiled by Niraj Naik, a former community pharmacist, the infographic details the horrific effects one can of soda has on your body, and could conceivably deter many people from consuming Coke ever again. But not so fast: Sleuths at Buzzfeed have found that many of the claims in the infographic are either exaggerated or inaccurate.
Sure, drinking Coca-Cola on the regular is not the healthiest decision you can make. After all, one can of Coca-Cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. But contrary to the claim on the infographic, that amount of sugar won’t make you throw up without added phosphoric acid. Our body has no problem processing large amounts of sugar.
Also, the insulin spike is not, Buzzfeed explains, what causes your body to create fat. It has to do with how the liver metabolizes fructose, according to Dr. Kimber Stanhope, a researcher at University of California Davis.
In addition, caffeine does not stimulate production of dopamine, and comparisons to heroin addiction are wildly exaggerated.
“This sensationalistic description makes it sound more dramatic than is the experience for the average Coke drinker,” says Dr. Michael A. Taffe of the Scripps Research Institute. “It’s way overblown, as such things tend to be.”