Phosphoric acid, added to give soft drinks a “bite”, actually pulls calcium out of the bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Also, diet sodas are very high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine, further increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Frequent consumption of soft drinks may also increase the risk of osteoarthritis. It’s truly amazing the harmful effects soft drinks can have on our bodies. With all of this information “out there”, it’s surprising that so many people continue to consume them, in record amounts.