Insurance Companies Say: Quit the Fizzy Pop

Harmful Soda
Via: Term Life Insurance

Check out this infographic, published not by doctors, not by dietitians, and not by the government. This “propaganda” is disseminated by a for-profit organization that has a direct financial interest in reducing your junk food intake – an insurance company. For the full size graphic, click here.

The checklist of cola induced maladies includes:

  • asthma
  • kidney disease due to phosphoric acid
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • tooth decay
  • osteoporosis
  • reproductive problems

Perhaps this is a good time to point out that a family of 4 can save $500 a year simply by switching from soft drinks to tap water. This could well be the best health decision you’ll ever make.

[h/t to YG and The Kitchn]

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  • Colleen Robichaud

    Is it possible to get an actual large poster of this? I am a nutrition teacher and would love to have it for my classroom.

  • Jim Cooper

    Considering that the tooth enamel and heart disease assertions are dead wrong, I wouldn’t put too much credence in this poster.

    • Sketch

      true that. My favorite part is where it mentions that 42% (not even half) of breast and colon cancers are diagnosed in “obese” people… that makes it seem that its SAFER for obese people in those two aspects…  this poster is a BIG JOKE!

      • Gerome

        Sketch, I think the point is that of 100% of the colon and breast cancers 42% are diagnosed in obese people. Obesity rates nationally are probably around 20 – 25%. So, say if the actual obesity rate is 21%, the cancer rate is double among obese persons. Make sense?

  • Evan Alexander

    Haha, so glad I gave up soft drinks,

  • Nellie

    Where were the insurance companies when Bloomberg tried to make it impossible to use food stamps to buy soda?  Is there a single reason why FOOD STAMPS should go to poison?  Yet the proposal did not pass. Apparently the soda companies are better at buying people off. 

  • Pezamber

    Jim, if you don’t believe the assertion about tooth decay, place a tooth (don’t know where you’ll get one, but I’m sure you’re a resourceful fellow) in cola. Watch it every day for a few weeks. The enamel will be gone. I can look at a set of dental radiographs and can generally tell if the patient is a pop drinker or not by where the decay is present. I’d love to know where you came upon this information about tooth decay. My information came from my time as a student at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, a fairly reliable source, and from my time in private practice (12 years).