We’ve all heard the horror stories about Coca-Cola. People say that law enforcement uses the sugary soda to wash blood off of the highway after an accident. Others say that a tooth will completely deteriorate if left in a cup of Coca-Cola for a week.
While these may not be entirely accurate, there is some truth behind the dangers of the syrupy drink. For one thing, the popular soda contains huge amounts of sugar and acid. One 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola alone contains a whopping 39 grams of sugar total. That’s about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar!
You won’t really find any recommendations for sugar in a person’s diet because it doesn’t nourish the body at all. Carbs and fat, on the other hand, have people worried, yet they at least nourish the body in certain amounts. Sugars just add calories.
However, people aren’t really offended by a theoretical threat of extra calories. So, one man decided to see just how the sugars in Coca-Cola would affect the body.
After being inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me, 50-year-old George Prior decided to drink 10 cans of Coca-Cola a day for one month to show the world how much your body can be negatively affected by the sugars you drink. He also reserved the right to drink Cherry Coke in order to break up the monotony, but he wouldn’t drink Diet Coke.
Prior didn’t change anything else about his diet. He continued to eat the same types of food and remain as active as he usually is. The only change to his lifestyle was the addition of those 10 Cokes per day. Prior also got a full physical so he would know exactly where he stood before embarking on his experiment.
During the experiment, Prior tested and charted his weight, body fat percentage, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose levels every morning in order to accurately observe any changes that go beyond the naked eye.
The 50-year-old said that he expected to gain weight, but he didn’t know what else would happen. Just as he expected, a shocking amount of weight gain occurred.
At the start of the experiment, George Prior weighed 168 pounds. In just over one week, Prior had already gained eight pounds. Halfway through the experiment, George Prior was up to 187.5 pounds. That’s just about 20 pounds in half a month!
At the end of the experiment, after one whole month of drinking 10 cans of Coke everyday, Prior weighed 192 pounds. After drinking that many Cokes everyday for 30 days, the man had gained 24 pounds!
His body fat percentage also took a spike. At the start of the experiment, George Prior’s body fat was at 9%. At the end of the experiment, his body fat had increased to 16%. That’s a 65% increase!
Disgusted with how he felt after all of that Coca-Cola, Prior threw the rest of his cans in the trash as soon as the experiment was over. “That feels good,” he said. “If I have to drink another Coke in a thousand years, it would be one Coke too soon.”
After the experiment, George Prior stopped drinking Coke and lost the weight. But he warns people that putting your body through that stress isn’t wise. He wants people to know that while Coke was his drink of choice during the experiment, there are other sugary drinks out there that can do just as much harm to your body.
However, most food and drink items won’t outright list “sugar.” It’s disguised by other names, such as high fructose corn syrup, which just so happens to be the second ingredient in Coca-Cola behind carbonated water.
Sure, people aren’t generally drinking 10 Cokes every day. But when you add in the one or two sodas a person drinks per day plus all of the other sugary drinks they’re consuming (orange juice, Gatorade, sweetened coffee, etc.), Prior shares it makes his 10 Cokes a day look like child’s play.
George Prior’s moral of the story isn’t supposed to scare people out of eating or drinking the things they like. He was able to lose the weight, after all. He only wants to warn people to pay attention to what they’re putting into their bodies.
Watch the video below to learn more about George Prior’s 10 Cokes a day experiment.