Osteoporosis & Sodas (Soft Drinks): Phosphoric Acid and Other Causes

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Does this sound like you? While everyone else is at Starbucks getting their morning latte, you’re at the vending machine picking up a Diet Coke. And if you’re going to a movie, the popcorn just wouldn’t be complete without a large soda. But there may be a link between soda and osteoporosis that could be putting your bones at risk.

When Soda Displaces Milk

Experts aren’t sure why drinking soda is linked to calcium you’re getting, that could lead to breakfast cereal fortified with calcium — and pour milk on top.

  • Add milk instead of water when you prepare things like pancakes, waffles, and cocoa.
  • Add nonfat powdered dry milk to all kinds of recipes — puddings, cookies, breads, soups, gravy, and casseroles. One tablespoon adds 52 mg of calcium. You can add three tablespoons per cup of milk in puddings, cocoa and custard; four tablespoons per cup of hot cereal (before cooking); and 2 tablespoons per cup of flour in cakes, cookies and breads.
  • Take a calcium and vitamin D supplement if you aren’t getting enough calcium (1000-1300 mg, depending on your age) in your diet.
  • Get plenty of weight-bearing and resistance exercise.