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.