It may never have struck you, as this is not something that has made it to everyday conversation. The fact that your soda drink has a ton of phosphorous in it. We speak of the evil of soda’s and its effects on our children but usually ascribe the reason to excessive sugar. Less known, but perhaps as harmful is the phosphoric acid from the phosphorous in the soda. The phosphorous is added to mitigate the effects of the sugar on your body. You experience it as the tangy after taste from drinking the soda.

As you drink something that contains excessive amounts of sugar, your body rebels and attempts to expel the drink to protect you. In order to suppress this auto-response, phosphorous is added. The phosphorous prevents your body from expelling the sugar filled drink allowing you to consume it.

Ordinarily phosphorous works along with calcium to form strong bones in your body. It also helps your kidney function and in part of the manner in which your body stores and consumes energy. Phosphorous also helps your muscles recover after a strenuous work out.

However, various studies have shown that consuming excessive amounts of phosphorous can lead to osteoporosis and heart disease. Excessive amounts of it can lead to a reduction of the calcium in your body. It can also reduce the ability of your body to absorb other minerals such as zinc, iron and magnesium all of which are critical to the functioning of your body.

Each day, your body needs to consume only 700 mg of phosphorous which is more than adequately provided by most normal diets. Therefore, you do not need to make any effort to consume it. One can of soda can contain 500 mg of phosphorous and therefore drinking too much of it can easily upset your balance; and you thought you were drinking a sugar free cola?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.