Friday, November 10, 2006

Soda & Bones

It seems that my avoidance of soda and fizzy frinks, (save for champagne and mineral water of course), is to be founded on even more substantial reasoning. An article in the Times Online today claims that recent research suggests that cola makes women's skeletons more brittle. Here's an excerpt, (bold face mine)...
"Few people perceive cola drinks as “healthy”, but while we suspect that they rot our teeth and expand our waistlines, bone weakness is not a consequence that springs to mind. Until now. A new study shows that for women and girls, drinking just four servings (ie, glasses, bottles or cans) a week of full-sugar or diet cola reduces bone density, which in turn can increase the chance of fractures whether you are aged 16 or 60.
The findings, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, were made by Katherine Tucker, of the Human Nutrition Research Centre on Ageing at Tufts University, Boston. She and her team compared the density of the hips and spines of 1,431 women over five years, at the end of which the heavier cola drinkers were found to have up to 5.4 per cent lower bone-mass density
Click here to read the full article.

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