There is no evidence-based scientific research that has determined that drinking sparkling drinks that contain caffeine and/or phosphoric acid will weaken bones or cause osteoporosis. Phosphoric acid, used to give colas their tangy taste, does not reduce calcium absorption nor does it increase calcium loss. Many people are surprised to hear there’s often as much phosphorus in a glass of orange juice as in a typical cola. Drinking caffeinated soft drinks does not weaken your bones or cause osteoporosis.

Did you know? To keep your bones healthy, experts recommend eating a balanced diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D and getting plenty of physical activity that includes regular weight-bearing exercise.

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