Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carbonated water bad for your bones?

Recently, I have had 2 clients mention that drinking carbonated water is bad for your bones. I never heard this. I heard that soda is bad for your bones and teeth but not plain carbonated water. I enjoy my sparkling water and would hate to give it up. In fact, we have a Sodastream that turns plain tap water into carbonated water in an instant. I had to investigate. Thank goodness, I can keep drinking bubbly water!

According to the various articles I have read, carbonation in water does not damage the bones or the teeth. A study was done on sparkling water vs. still water. One group of women drank one liter of still water each day. Another group drank a liter of carbonated water each day. There was no difference between the groups in the bone markers after 8 weeks. In fact, carbonated mineral waters can contain calcium which good for the bones! Colas, however, seem to be an issue due to their Phosphoric acid content which can interfere with calcium absorption.

Here is a link to an interesting article by licensed nutritionist Monica Reinagel if you would like to read more.

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