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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Will Diet Coke Leach Calcium Out Of Our Bones?

This article about Diet Coke seems to suggest that there is a link between drinking cocoa cola (diet or not) and osteoporosis. Maybe it is no coincidence that my mother-in-law who has drunk regular coca cola every day most of her adult life has severe osteoporosis and is bent over these days. She used to stand 5 feet 8 inches, but has shrunk to closer to my height at 5 feet 3 inches (okay, I'm not measuring to see if I have shrunk. I don't want to know!)

Another vice of mine lately: I've been drinking diet coke too often and worrying about the aspartame at the same time. Let me tell you, it is very addictive, as anyone reading this probably already knows - more so than my drinking tea any day! That's it now! I'm reigning myself in before it is too late. Besides drinking sodas contributes to inflammation, Dr. Perricone says.

The experts are not sure exactly how colas affect calcium absorption and some speculate it may actually be the caffeine or the phosphoric acid, phosphorus or carbonation. I think it cannot be these last three if regular sodas don't do the same thing. What do you think? At any rate, if diet coke is your vice, take your calcium supplements or eat yogurt or whatever else you like containing calcium.


Anonymous said...

Try doing some research online on Aspartame.

You'll be surprised.

If you readily believe the "Experts", then, please, disregard this comment and continue downing huge amounts of Aspartame...

Jennifer said...

I don't believe the experts actually. I'm very nervous about aspartame. I try not to have it these days. Thanks for commenting.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you this. I went lowcarb about 5 years ago. I ate Atkin's style with veggies and took viatamins and felt great. I drank mostly dt coke all the time and did not like to drink just plain water. Within 8 months I had a real weird feeling. My shoulders ached all the time. I went to the doctor to find out that the calcium was being sucked out of my bones and was causing inflamation. The doctors didn't give me any explanation, but went in and removed some of it.

In the last few weeks I stopped drinking it except on special ocassions. When I drink it, my body aches in the evening and when I don't, I don't have that feeling. How weird. So you can kinda see how I believe it. lISA

Jennifer said...

Diet coke is very addictive - best to lay off - and if you're getting weird symptoms, even more reason.