According to a British health expert, within one hour of drinking a single can of Diet Coke, it has a series of detrimental effects on your body.
Following the release of his infographic about the dangers of Coke, which went viral, British pharmacist Niraj Naik recently posted an equally shocking timeline detailing the effects a can of the diet soda has on the body, Daily Mail reports.
The visual step-by-step guide posted to his blog, The Renegade Pharmacist, describes the harms Diet Coke has beginning just 10 minutes after the initial sip. The timeline continues to show the negative impacts the beverage has on the body over the next hour and beyond, including the body’s storage of fat, acids of the soda beginning to rot teeth, and other effects similar to those of cocaine.
Naik states that within 10 minutes of drinking it, the soda has already tricked your taste buds and has begun attacking your teeth.
After 20 minutes, like a can of regular Coca-Cola, the diet version also “sends your body into fat storage mode.”
Within 40 minutes, the drink starts to affect the body in the same way cocaine would. “The potentially deadly combination of caffeine and aspartame creates a short addictive high similar to the way cocaine works,” Naik’s timeline reads.
Beginning an hour later and continuing on, not only does the body begin to crave another Diet Coke, but the drink can also lead to “brain fog, poor concentration, fatigue and feeling irritable.”
Naik says these facts are not limited to Diet Coke. He says Coke Zero and other diet sodas will have a comparable impact on the body.
“All diet beverages with similar ingredients to Diet Coke will have the same or similar effects,” Naik told Daily Mail. “They are found to be actually worse.”
"From my experience as a community pharmacist helping people to get off medications for metabolic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity, I found if people drink diet sodas they still get the same problems as people who drink normal soda," Naik says in the blog post.