Researchers from the University of Connecticut Center for Osteoporosis said they had evidence that prove that high consumption of soda and carbonated beverages was associated with somewhat lower bone mass in children.
Although a can or two of colas may seem harmless, the researchers say they are not and that parents should know about this risk.
It is not yet clear why these carbonated beverages are harmful to the bones but the researchers agree that they affect bone density in several ways. One of the possible reasons could be the fact that people who drink colas do not drink nutritious beverages like milk or calcium-fortified juices and may not be getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Another possible cause is caffeine from the colas that has been linked to a higher risk of osteoporosis. The third could be the presence of phosphosric acid in colas, which could cause an imbalance in the body when the body seeks to neutralize the acid with calcium. If there isn't enough calcium in the diet, the body will take calcium from the bones to maintain the balance, thus leading to a depletion of calcium in the bones.

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones become very thin and at high risk of fracture. Low levels of calcium are often related to osteoporosis occurrence.

In a study, cola consumption was associated with lower bone mineral density at three hip sites, irrespective of age, menopause, total calcium and vitamin D intake. The study participants were women drinking an average of five carbonated drinks a week, four of which were colas. Decaffeinated cola posed a lesser problem, but the findings were similar for diet soft drinks. The study could not establish a link between cola drinking and lower bone mass in men.

The researchers suggest that sodas should be drunk at moderation. If you are a huge fan of sodas, you don't need to cut them out completely from your diet but minimize the intake to a glass or two.

People should make sure they are getting enough calcium and vitamin D to protect their bones. Since Vitamin D needs vary by age, and where a person lives, it is imperative to check with a doctor to find out how much vitamin D a person should be consuming each day. If you are not getting enough calcium from your daily diet, you should be definitely taking calcium supplement. |If you add regular exercise to this, you may significantly lower your chances of osteoporosis.