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Osteoporosis and Soda Pop

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Are all sodas bad for the bones?I have been avoiding soda pop because of the negative effects to bone from the caffeine and phosphoric acid. My question is, are all sodas bad for the bones? It would be a lot easier for me to give up my soda pop if I could have a club soda or sparkling mineral water instead.

After a variety of studies on the topic, there are three factors that seem to connect drinking soda pop with osteoporosis.

One factor is that when many people get thirsty, they choose soft drinks and are therefore not drinking drinks with more calcium, such as milk. There was a recent study that established that a lot of the problem is simply that we aren't drinking milk. In this case, the study implies that it is not sodas harming bones, but the lack of milk. Sodas only appear to be to blame because it is the most common drink choice for those not drinking milk.

But the second theory, which is that phosphorus in carbonated drinks leaches calcium from bones and leads to osteoporosis, has studies backing it up too. Quite a few of the fizzy soft drinks are made with phosphoric acid, which does create an imbalance with calcium. You need some phosphorus, but phosphorus and calcium should be roughly equal in your system. If phosphorus and calcium aren't equal, then the phosphorus actually removes what calcium there is in the blood stream and binds with it. But it's only some soft drinks that use this process.

The third factor in play is that caffeine is bad for bones, which is fairly well documented. The majority of sodas are caffeinated, so it plays a role in the connection between soda pop and poor bone health.

So, to answer your question, a different soft drink that has no caffeine and does not list anything that has the word part “phospho-” in it (phosporic acid in particular) on the label might be okay if you're getting calcium other ways. Most mineral waters seem to use a different process of carbonation, so it sounds like you can have your mineral water instead of soda pop if you drink your milk too.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-16-2003 - 07:52 PM


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