Junk Food can also potentially cause Osteoporosis Arthritis?

July 22, 2022

We know Junk Food can make us fat, cause type 2 diabetes and increase our risk of heart disease. But did you know that junk food and over-processed foods can also potentially cause osteoporosis arthritis?


According to research from Ron Zernicke of the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology and Cy Frank of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institution, excess sugar and fat can damage bones and cause osteoporosis, a condition characterised by brittle bones.


  • Junk food marked by high saturated fat and sugar intake can prevent calcium absorption
  • These fats also form a type of soap or barrier on the inside of the intestines, preventing critical nutrients from being absorbed.
  • Sugar and fat are not the only culprits, table salt, used in excess in the average diet, causes calcium loss. 40 mg of calcium is lost through the urine for every teaspoon of salt ingested.
  • Caffeine is directly responsible for decreased calcium too. It has been shown that for every 100 mg of caffeine consumed, 6 mg of calcium is lost. For reference, the average cup of brewed coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 200 mg of caffeine. Prefer to switch or decaf coffee as a better health alternative
  • Sweetened carbonated drinks like Cola lead to a significant reduction in bone mineral density and an increase in the risk of fracture. It impacts proper calcium absorption due to its high sugar content and presence of phosphoric acid, both of which impeded intestinal calcium absorption.

According to doctors, osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis in India, affecting approximately 15 million individuals each year.

By 2025, India might be the world's osteoarthritis capital, with over 60 million cases.

Don't try to combat bone destruction by using supplements. Instead, swap your energy drink for green tea, your potato chips for roasted chickpeas, and your candy for fruit. Leafy green vegetables are loaded with calcium (and a whole lot of other good things).


Changing your long-term health outcome begins with small but significant steps. And it begins now.

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