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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do any foods contribute to bone loss?

    I understand that foods high in calcium are good and build strong bones but do any foods do the opposite?
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  • Dr Greg Sher


    I am the Clinic Director of the Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic.At our clinic, we see an equal mix of city office workers and elite … View Profile

    Fizzy or carbonated drinks are thought to lower the pH (increased acidity), which is thought to pull the minerals out of our bones, leading to Osteoporosis. 
    The high sugar and other “special ingredients” in the soft drinks are also thought to accelerate this porcess, which is why drinking water is both the cheapest and healthiest option out there. 

  • Elizabeth Newsham-West is committed to optimising the health and well-being of people across all ages within the Mount Tamborine community.  She works as a domicillary … View Profile

    There are no individual foods which cause poor bones as bone health relies on having a number of foods that provide nutrients for good bones. We know that some foods and nutrients can increase calcium excretion or reduce calcium absorption but with a diet adequate in calcium and nutrients this is then very easily replaced.
    Bone is a living tissue requiring  regular replacement of protein, vitamins and minerals. Many of these nutrients are readily eaten in a healthy diet however calcium and vitamin D have increased focus because we find we do not always have enough in our diets. Or for vitamin D from the sun for some groups of people.
    Generally people who have poor diets that are  high in processed foods which are high in fat, sugar ( soft drinks) and salt and have poor lifestyle habits such as smoke, drink and have low physically activity  are at an increased risk of poor bones . Some medications, medical conditions and medical treatments can cause poor bone health

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