Bad News for the Bones
by Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD
Regular consumption of cola increases the risk of low bone-mineral density in women. More than 2500 people in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study with an average age of 60 were given bone-mineral density measurements of the spine and and three different hip sites. In the women, cola drinks were associated with lower bone mineral density at all three hip sites. The principle investigator, Katherine Tucker said, “The more cola that women drank, the lower their bone mineral density was. However we did not see an association with bone mineral density loss for women who drank carbonated beverages that were not cola.” So, eliminating cola drinks which are high in phosphorous, and increasing calcium from fruits and vegetables will help maintain healthy bones.