This is what happens inside your body one hour after drinking a can of diet coke

We all know Coca Cola is laden with sugar and that, at a push, you could use it to clean your toilet. But it’s a bit of a mystery as to what it does to your body.

Now, thanks to Niraj Naik, we have the answer to that question.

The brains behind website The Renegade Pharmacist has revealed exactly what a refreshing can of Coke does to your system within the first hour of drinking it. And it’s not pretty.

On his site, Naik writes: “I discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

“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.”

The Renegade Pharmacist tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle that he was inspired to teach people about their dietary choices after managing to heal himself of a chronic auto-immune condition.

“I used a combination of different techniques that I discovered by researching others who had healed themselves,” he explains.

“My method combines self hypnosis, meditation, special breathing exercises based on Himalayan monks, having a very low-carb diet that’s free from factory based foods and taking a special supplement called Colostrum.”

When Naik worked as a community pharmacist, he says he was able to successfully wean people off longterm medication – particularly for health issues such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

“Many of them would consume fizzy drinks on a daily basis,” he says. “A few, on several medications, would consume between two and three cans a day. In one case a guy was on every heart drug under the sun and taking big doses.”

Naik went through the patient’s diet and found that he was drinking up to 15 cups of coffee a day with 2/3 spoonfuls of sugar in each cup.

“I was even more shocked to find out his doctor had not asked him about what he ate or drank and just stuck him on strong meds for life,” he says.

So, the pharmacist created his own system to help patients overcome their conditions.

“My first piece of advice to them would be to do a simple swap,” he explains, “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.”