Why Are Carbonated Beverages (Even Seltzer?) Not Good For Your Bones?

Question

Asked by Linda Tieger

Why Are Carbonated Beverages (Even Seltzer?) Not Good For Your Bones?

I stay away from soda; if I must drink it, I drink Decaffeinated Diet Coke. But I really like the carbonation so I drink seltzer as it has no salt. Why are carbonated beverages not good for your bones?

Answer

Hi Linda: Carbonated drinks have high levels of phosphates and phosphorus and virtually no calcium. When phosphate levels get to high it pulls calcium from the bones.

I would check your seltzer water and see just how much phosphates/phosphorus it has. If you only drink it occasionally or say one glass a day I don't think it will cause major problems because it's consumed in moderation. But on the other hand never let this water replace fortified juices, milk ect that contain calcium.

Even if you drink decaf, you still aren't avoiding the above 2 minerals that affect your calcium levels.

Here's a great blog, from our Expert PJ Hamel explaining this topic.

Good luck...

Answered by Pam Flores