The Common Lo-Cal Choice That Could Ruin Your Bones
With all the messages about our bad eating habits over the last 25 years, many of us have made healthy changes to our diets. You’ve probably made a few changes yourself.
For example, you may have cut out a lot of empty calories by avoiding sugary sodas. But if you did, you may be putting your health at risk.
Now, I’m not saying drinking soda is good for your health. There’s nothing healthy about your average soda. But there’s an awfully good reason to be careful about what you drink instead.
You see, a new study found that diet soda could be robbing your body of calcium and phosphorus.1 and that’s bad news, because both these minerals are critical for maintaining bone strength.
As I’ve mentioned before, your bones may be at risk already… because most Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. Your body can’t properly absorb calcium without vitamin D. So adding diet soda to the mix could put your bones in serious jeopardy.
This is especially bad news for you ladies. You’re already far more likely than men to suffer from weak bones. And, on average, you also drink a lot more diet soda.
But here’s the kicker: The women in the study I mentioned only drank 24 ounces of diet soda a day. That’s barely more than a medium-sized drink at McDonald’s. In other words, just two average-sized diet sodas a day could put your bones at serious risk!
The sweetener used in most diet sodas has been linked to more than 90 health problems, too… from headaches to rashes to vision and hearing problems.2
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When this sweetener becomes unstable, it breaks down into some pretty toxic chemicals.
For example, would you choose a drink laced with formaldehyde? That’s exactly what you may be doing when you drink diet soda that’s been sitting around too long… or has been exposed to temperatures above a certain range.2
Other poisons form when this artificial sweetener breaks down, too. Poisons like formic acid and methanol.2
Formic acid is the poison some ants use to defend their colonies against enemies – an early form of chemical warfare. Safety precautions for formic acid include avoiding skin contact and breathing the vapors.
Methanol is better known as wood alcohol. It can cause blindness in very small amounts. It isn’t safe to drink in any quantity. But when this sweetener breaks down, it may be exactly what you’re drinking.
So if you’ve picked up the “healthy” habit of drinking diet soda, you may want find an alternative – especially with the news from this latest study about bone health.
Of course, water is a good choice. But for a little flavor, try naturally decaffeinated tea. I’m particularly fond of green tea.
Green tea is rich in EGCG – a natural compound linked to heart health. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, too. Studies have even shown that it can help contribute to weight loss.
You may find the flavor of green tea – especially iced green tea – takes a little getting used to. Try adding fresh-squeezed lemon or sweetening it with a little organic honey.
It won’t taste as sweet as diet soda… but it won’t put your bones at risk either.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner
Best Life Herbals
1 NS Larson, et al “Effect of Diet Cola on urine calcium excretion” ENDO 2010; Abstract P2-198.
2 Barua J and Bal A. Emerging Facts About Aspartame. Journal Of The Diabetic Association Of India 1995 : Vol. 35, No. 4.