Q: I’ve heard that calcium can be leached from bones by the phosphorus in soft drinks. Is that true?
Another plausible explanation for the link between high soda intake and low bone mass is that soft drinks often elbow out calcium-rich milk as individuals’ drink of choice. Back in the “good old days,” kids drank milk with lunch and dinner (and they often started the day with a bowl of cereal and milk rather than a sugary-sweet toaster pastry!). Some studies have shown that kids who drink soft drinks instead of milk have less bone density than kids who get plenty of calcium in their diets. The same is true for adults. So while soft drinks appear to be in part to blame for low bone density, we’ll have to wait and see why this is the case. Causality aside, I highly encourage you to cut soda out of your own diet and your kids’ and replace it with healthy beverages like water, skim or 1% milk, naturally flavored seltzer, and unsweetened iced tea.
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