Soda contains acids such as phosphoric acid and citric acid. If a bone is left to soak for an extended period of time, the acid will begin to weaken its structure. If you allow the bone to soak for a week or more, you’ll find that the bone becomes bendable, and once the bone is allowed to dry completely, it will become dry and brittle.
Although the acid in soda won’t directly damage the bones in your body, it can directly damage your teeth. When tooth enamel is exposed to the acid, it weakens the tooth and makes it prone to decay and breakage. Soda can have a negative effect on bone when you replace milk or other high calcium drinks with sugary soft drinks. Your bones won’t get the calcium they need to be strong. Drinking too much soda can also contribute to weight gain because it’s loaded with sugar and it’s easy to drink a lot in a short period of time. Stick to water or low-fat milk and your teeth, bones and waistline will thank you.
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Contributor: Mary Wissmann, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Louis County, University of Missouri Extension, WissmannM@missouri.edu