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Soda Makes For Brittle Bones

I think it is fairly obvious that I am pro water and anti soda. It seems that the evidence against soda keeps stacking up. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently released a study on bone density and cola consumption. They found that women who drank cola regularly, diet not excluded, had significantly less bone density mass. This means those women have a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease that approximately 55% of Americans are at risk of developing.

By "drink regularly" they mean only 5 servings of cola per week. The good news for all of you soda drinkers is that non-cola soft drinks did not affect bone density in the same way.

The culprit could be the caffeine found in soda, because the potentially harmful effect was less for decaffeinated cola. Researchers think that the phosphorus content of the drinks may be the issue. The scary news is the more colas the women drank, the lower their bone mineral density. Yikes!!!

I say it is time to drink more water and all those un-colas out there. Or make your own juice spritzers with carbonated water and a splash of fruit juice. Car

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frogjuice frogjuice 9 years
I'll stop drinking it right now. Hello water!
wynter wynter 10 years
Wow...glad I stopped drinking it for the most part.
iffermay iffermay 10 years
Haven't other studies shown that caffeine can be helpful? I think the culprit is H3PO4 (phosphoric acid). It is very acidic, with the Potential for 3 Hydrogen ions to be released (though the 3rd is v. unlikley). I think it this acid in carbonated soda (not the carbonic acid H2CO3 that makes it fizzy and is not very acidic at all) that is the culprit. I think it attackes and degrades the bone and the teeth. Also, it probably takes up the calcium your body needs after it releases the hydrogen (H+). After having 2 fillings fall out in 2006, I decided to stop my soda habit. Now it is bubble water and tap water and a few cups of coffee with milk in the AM that get me through the day.... Oh, and check the MT. Dew label. I think it has phosporic acid... and a LOT of caffine in it. Sorry for the bad news!!!
bobfet1 bobfet1 10 years
Does that mean no more Starbucks either? :(
DStirk DStirk 10 years
isnt it ironic that "coke" is a sugary drink and a highly addictive powdery drug?
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I call all that stuff "chemical water". I do love to drink a cold Coke on hot afternoons in the summer.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
That's good, cuz my 'crack' is Diet Mt. Dew. So, does all caffeine cause it, or just Cola?
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