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Bad to the Bone

Teenagers need to think twice before popping open a can of soda.

According to a study from Harvard Medical School, high school girls who regularly quaffed soft drinks were three to five times more likely to break bones than those who didn't (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 6/00).

Soda pop may harm bones because it's high in phosphorus, which some studies suggest hinders calcium absorption. In addition, by forgoing milk, the teens may not be getting the calcium they need.

Up to 60% of peak bone mass is developed during adolescence. One alternative for these crucial bone-building years: calcium chews. These tasty treats supply 500 mg of calcium along with vitamins D and K.

Date Posted: 04/10/2001

Date Published: 04/09/2001
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