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    Will drinking carbonated drinks damage my bones?

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    I drink two litres per day and my doctor said to cut it down as the acid can damage my bones. Is that true?
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    Harry Jamieson


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    There has been some research linking soft drinks to bone loss and increased osteoporosis, but it does not necessarily appear to be the carbonation that is the problem. Caffeine is often blamed, since it contributes a little bit. Some research has blamed carbonated drinks in particular and saying it is the culprit and blaming it on their content of phosphoric acid.

    Phosphorus is an important component of bone, but perhaps these drinks put that balance out of sync with our bodies. There was also the claim that people who drink a lot of soft drinks, they may not have as much other bone-healthy foods in their diets, so that could be partly to blame. All in all though, plain mineral water shouldn't do any damage at all and its mineral content would actually be beneficial.

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