Soft Drink Consumption = Bone Loss

Reasons why consuming soft drinks might be bad for bone health:

  • drinking soda instead of calcium-containing drinks leads to calcium deficiency
  • phosphoric acid in soda increases calcium loss (to neutralize this acid, calcium is stripped from the bone)
  • caffeine in soda increases calcium loss through the urine

You should be consuming around 1,000 mg of calcium per day. You can get calcium here: fortified orange juice, fortified soy milk, collard greens, kale, cabbage, bok choy, fortified tofu, broccoli, turnip greens, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or a calcium supplement. 


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Wyshak, G, RE Frisch. 1994. Carbonated beverages, dietary calcium, the dietary calcium/phosporus ratio, and bone fractures in girls and boys. Journal of Adolescent Health, 15:210-215.

Wyshak, G. 2000. Teenaged girls, carbonated beverage consumption, and bone fractures. Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, 154:610-613.


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