November 7, 2008, Newsletter Issue #351: Drinking Sodas

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Coke or Pepsi? When you're training, neither. Go easy on the soft drinks in your sports nutrition diet.

There has been some indication that drinking a lot of carbonated sodas, especially cola, can have an adverse effect on bone strength in teenage girls. (This would probably also be true of diet sodas.)

This is very controversial and far from proven, but there is no doubt that it alters your bodyīs pH levels. But the possibility plus the proven fact that many people, especially teenagers, consume a large percentage of their calories as soft drinks, which have no nutritional value and displace a proper sports nutrition diet, should make you think twice about drinking a lot of soda. Like a sports nutition supplement, you donīt have to give up soda; just donīt make it a major part of your sports nutrition diet.

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