This is your mouth. This is your mouth drinking Coke. And this is what Coke looks like if you boil out the water.
A viral video, created and posted to YouTube by Crazy Russian Hacker, shows us what happens to dark soda after the water is boiled out. The end result is a jet black, sticky goo that looks like hot road tar meant for a pothole, not our tummies. While Coke is the brunt of this kitchen experiment, any sugar-laden dark soda would turn into the same gross glop of slop.
The Russian YouTuber and so-called amateur scientist, while clumsily and sometimes hilariously working through his experiment in broken English, shows us what our body is left dealing with when we drink soda after soda, or as we call it here in New York, “pop.”
This “might just be the most effective piece of anti-sugar advocacy in history,” writes Salon.com. The video has been viewed upwards of 8 million times.
Ignorance may be bliss, but when it comes to our health, it’s time to get our heads out of the dark. According to the American Heart Association, sugar-sweetened beverages may be linked to about 180,000 deaths in the world each year. Consumed throughout the world, sodas and other overly-sugared beverages – a favorite among Americans especially – “contribute to excess body weight, which increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers,” writes the AHA.
Colas are really nothing more than sugary carbonated water and caramel color, as evidenced by what happens when the moisture is extracted. Though Crazy Russian Hacker removed the labels so as to not draw any legal ire, it’s clear he is using Coke. But other fave sodas, like Pepsi, are certainly not exempt – both contain a whopping amount of sugar.
According to SugarStacks.com, which provides a telling graphic of sodas with the amount of sugar cubes each one contains, a 12-ounce can of Coke weighs in with 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories. That’s like eating ten sugar cubes. The Caffeine Informer tells us that Pepsi is worse – a 12-ounce can contains 41-grams of sugar.
So, next time you take a grocery trip and want to hang multiple six-packs of soda off the side of your cart for your family to drink all day long, think about your heart, your waistline… and this video.