In 2006, an article was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on The Framingham Osteoporosis Study. This study was testing the effects of cola intake on bone mineral density in both men and women. Bone mineral density was measured in the spine and at three points in the hip. Soft drink intake was measured through a food-frequency questionnaire. Once the data was collected and analyzed, the researchers discovered the following results:
- Cola intake was shown to significantly lower bone mineral density at each hip location in women, but not in the spine.
- Similar results were found with diet colas and, although not as strong of a correlation, caffeine free colas.
- No significant relationship between bone mineral density and non-cola carbonated drinks were found.
- Phosphorus intake was not significantly higher in cola consumers vs non-cola consumers, but the calcium to phosphorus ratios were lower.
While other research needs to be done, this study shows that intake of cola is associated with lower bone mineral density in older women. If you needed an additional reason for yourself or the women in your life to avoid colas (above and beyond the lack of nutrients and effects of sugar/HFCS on the body), here it is.
If you are a regular soda drinker and are looking to improve your health but need help, call our office at 602-559-4064 to schedule your initial consultation.