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Does Diet Coke damage your bones?

Research has confirmed that regularly drinking cola drinks is detrimental to women’s bones and may increase the risk of osteoporosis. That is true for regular and diet coke. It is likely due to the high level of phosphoric acid (present in all coke drinks) that is interfering with healthy bone formation.

As part of the aging process, bones lose calcium more rapidly than it is replaced leading to a reduction in bone density. As a result bones lose their strength. Drinking a coke only occasionally will help prevent the harmful effect of phosphoric acid, and limit the intake of caffeine that can also affect the balance of calcium in the body.

Source: Health Smart, Nov. 2011