Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lower bone density due to soft drinks

For normal bone growth to proceed in children and for normal peak mineral mass to develop in young adulthood, adequate dietary intake of calcium and other nutrients is essential.

The risk of developing osteoporosis depends on the level of peak bone mass and the rate at which bone is lost.

Tucker KL in 2006 measured bone mineral density of the spine and hip in older men and women in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. The study found that the intake of cola beverages that contain phosphoric acid but not other carbonated soft drinks, which do no contain phosphprix acid, is significantly associated with low bone mineral density in women but not men (Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct;84(4):936-42).
Researchers at Tuffs University found out that drinking one daily serving of cola decreased a woman’s bone density by 4-5 percent.

Caffeinated cola soft drinks are one of the biggest offender because they are high in phosphorus, which can leach calcium from bones. But simply avoiding soft drinks and other caffeinated beverages may not be enough. Physical exercise consisting of one hour of moderate activity three times a week has been shown to prevent bone loss and actually increase bone mass in postmenopausal women.
Lower bone density due to soft drinks
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