In brief: Are carbonated beverages bad for you?

In brief

Are carbonated beverages bad for you?

In the early 1990s, Harvard researchers reported study results showing that teenage girls who consumed a lot of cola tended to have more broken bones. In 2003, a study of soft drink (not just cola) consumption among teenagers in Northern Ireland linked high intake to lower bone mineral density among the girls, but not the boys.

One explanation: Girls who drink lots of soft drinks end up with weaker bones because they aren't drinking milk, a rich source of calcium.

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