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Carbonated Water and Calcium

Q: A friend told me that drinking carbonated water robs the bones of calcium. Is this true? If so, does soda do the same?

Dr. Donnica:
Drinking carbonated water does not affect your calcium levels, but drinking caffeinated beverages can. Caffeine causes you to lose calcium in your urine.  Many American women have trouble getting an adequate dietary intake of calcium each day.  Drinking soda is also a problem for teenage girls who are still building their bones. Chances are, if they're drinking soda, then they're not getting enough milk.  Premenopausal women need a daily calcium intake of 1,200 mg per day; menopausal women need a daily calcium intake of 1,500 mg per day.  Many women must take calcium supplements in order to achieve this goal. 

For more information on calcium, click here.

Created: 8/15/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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