For an athlete, or for an average human being looking to remain relatively healthy, it's fairly common knowledge that drinking even just one can of Coca-Cola every single day is detrimental to your health. Within a 12-ounce can of Coke lurk 39 grams of sugar, which means you're ingesting 273 grams of sugar per week, which means you are liable to need dentures by age 25.
What would be totally insane, though, would be to consume a gallon of Coke every day. That's a death sentence, right? No sane person would ever do it, especially not a professional athlete. Right? RIGHT??
Wrong. Meet Nikola Jokic, the dynamic Denver Nuggets center and former Coca-Cola enthusiast. Jokic is very good at basketball. Since he was moved into the Nuggets' starting lineup earlier this year, Denver boasts the best offense in the league.
Jokic was not so good with his diet, though. In an interview with ESPN's Zach Lowe, he revealed that, indeed, he used to drink an ungodly amount of Coke.
Is it true you used to drink a gallon of Coca-Cola every day?
Yeah. Maybe three liters or so. It was a lot.
How early in the morning did you take your first hit?
Never in the morning, because we had practices in the morning, and I could never drink before. But after practice, it was glass after glass. I couldn't stop.
According to Coca-Cola's website, there are 312 grams of sugar and 1,120 calories in three liters of Coke, which is far, far too much of both.
Jokic has since kicked the habit. He told Lowe he hasn't had a Coke in a year and a half. But there's so much Coke swishing around in his body from his days of going on soda benders that it's a wonder Jokic can move up and down the court at all.
If you're thinking to yourself, "well, if he can drink all that Coke and be in the NBA, then I can too," stop immediately. Never drink that amount of any soda. Don't do it. Instead, think of how much better Jokic has gotten since he weened himself off Coca-Cola, and maybe never consume any amount of it ever again.
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