Are carbonated drinks bad for me?

Whether or not carbonated drinks are bad for you depends on their ingredients. The idea that plain carbonated beverages can cause weakening in the bones and teeth is one of many Internet rumors making the rounds, but there’s no evidence that it’s true. In fact, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) says that while colas and energy drinks may contain ingredients that can negatively impact your stores of calcium, carbonation itself is not the culprit. Many commercial mineral waters are carbonated, and some are rich in calcium and other minerals -- as well as being free of calories. These calcium-rich beverages can actually be beneficial if you’re not getting enough calcium in your diet.

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