Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 01:47 pm
Does your child love to drink cooldrinks?
If so, and youâ??re about to do the weekly grocery shopping, you might want to consider that new research indicates a link between high consumption of cooldrinks with lower bone mass in kids.
Experts say that the connection is due to several factors.
Children who quench their thirst with cooldrinks may well not be drinking enough milk or calcium-fortified fruit juices. Add that to the fact that caffeine, which is present in cooldrinks, is already linked to a higher risk of osteoporosis.
Cooldrinks also contain phosphoric acid, which can cause an imbalance in the body.
Why? Your childâ??s body needs calcium to neutralize the acid and if there isnâ??t enough of it in her diet, her body will take it from her bones to restore the balance. Low levels of calcium are associated with osteoporosis in later years and it can thin the bones so much that theyâ??re at risk of fracture.
Research carried out at Tufts University found that cooldrink consumption by women was associated with lower bone mineral density at three hip sites, regardless of age, menopause, total calcium and vitamin D intake.
The women reported drinking an average of five carbonated drinks a week, four of which were cooldrinks.
Weaning your child off cooldrinks and on to calcium-rich drinks is the key to healthy bones in adulthood â?? ensuring she gets enough weight-bearing exercise will also help conserve her bone density.
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