Which foods should I avoid to keep my bones healthy?

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Processed foods and beverages tend to be too high in phosphorus (as phosphates), sodium and sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup)—all of which are considered adverse risk factors for bone health. Too much phosphorus stimulates an increase in the parathyroid hormone, which in turn increases bone breakdown or resorption. If this breakdown is not balanced by new bone formation or an increase in bone mineralization, bone mass and density decline. Too much sodium, in combination with too little dietary potassium, directly interferes with the normal function of bone cells and may also alter their acid-base balance. Too much sugar yields too much fructose, which may increase renal losses of calcium in the process of renal-stone formation. And too much animal protein may contribute to a greater metabolic generation of acid that must be excreted, which results in acidic urine. Yet acidic urine can be readily neutralized by increasing daily consumption of base-generating fruits and vegetables.

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