Soft Drinks Could Cause Osteoporosis

You might want to rethink that extra soft drink with dinner! Studies have shown that those who consume soft drink regularly, have lower bone density than those that don’t. This means that all you soda-drinkers are more likely to develop osteoporosis (weakened bones). Whilst the exact reason for this remains unclear, researchers have a couple of theories. The first is that soft drink such as cola that contains phosphoric acid, raises the acidity level in the body. This actually causes the leeching of minerals such as calcium and magnesium from your bones to restore the balance and neutralise the acids! Next time you’re drinking a big glass of iced cola, imagine your bones slowly dissolving- scary thought huh! I guess we can’t be too surprised after numerous experiments have shown that soft drink, particularly cola can weaken tooth enamel. The other theory for bone loss in soda-drinkers is that they are replacing healthy, bone-strengthening drinks (such as milk) with soft drink that offers no nutritional benefit to the bones. People that drink a lot of soft drink are also more likely to have a poor diet.

Whilst the evidence isn’t concrete, is it really worth the risk? Most people reach their peak bone mass at about 25-30 years. If you are older than this, you really need to take care of your bones and do everything you can to avoid osteoporosis- believe me, broken bones are not fun! If you are under 30 years, you should still be conscious as this is your chance to make your bones nice and strong for the future. Eating a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K and alkalising foods such as nuts, seeds, fish with bones, leafy greens, eggs and citrus fruit will help to keep your bones nice and healthy.

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