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Soda and Bone Weakening

February 11, 2013

Soda BubblesThe active ingredient in most soda pop is phosphoric acid. The pH of most soda pop is 2.8, which is very acidic. [Y]ou want your diet to ALKALIZE your body, and ingesting a highly acidic drink like soda pop does the opposite and is very detrimental to your health.

Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis. Animal studies show that phosphoric acid, a common ingredient in soda pop, can deplete bones of calcium. Animal studies, mostly involving rats, point to consistent and clear bone loss with the use of soda pop drinks. But as scientists like to point out, rats and humans are not exactly the same.

[H]uman studies suggest that girls who drink more soda pop are more prone to broken bones. The soft drink industry denies that soda plays a role in bone weakening.

Phosphorus, which occurs naturally in some foods and is used as an additive in many others, appears to promote the loss of calcium, thus weakening bones. With less calcium available, the bones become more porous and prone to fracture. There is growing concern that even a few cans of soda pop per day can be damaging when they are consumed during the critical bone-building years of adolescence and childhood.

What happens when these soda pop-drinking individuals become middle-aged adults and they end up with osteoporosis and obesity? By that time, switching to water, fruit or vegetable juices may be too little too late.



From → Blood, Digestion, Drink, Health

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