Certain foods may contribute to osteoporosis

Americans who are concerned about eventually having osteoporosis may want to reconsider the foods that they eat. According to Helium.com, weight loss diets have been associated with up to 25 percent of osteoporosis cases, due to improper levels of nutrients. In order to promote good bone health, people may want to eat balanced diets and avoid certain foods.

Here are several foods to avoid in order to potentially reduce the risk and symptoms of osteoporosis:

Soft drinks: Carbonated beverages are high in phosphates and low in calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones. Drinking soda daily may double the incidence of bone fractures and deplete calcium levels. Switching to flavored water may be a healthier option.

Processed foods: The cooking and processing of food can destroy amino acids. Eating raw vegetables, which are high in digestive enzymes, may help with calcium absorption.

High sodium: Consuming too much salt may affect the negative balance of calcium. Foods such as barley, beets and carrot juice contain natural levels of sodium.

Refined sugar: A diet high in refined sugars could lead to calcium excretion in the urine. Dieters may opt for fruit, which is naturally sweet.

Alcohol/Coffee: Drinking several glasses of either beverage may contribute to negative calcium balance. Consumption should be no more than two servings per day.

Foods such as radishes, brie cheese, cranberries, pineapple and watermelon have good ratios of calcium-to-magnesium-to-phosphorous, which promotes bone density. Vitamins A, B6, C and K help in the formation of bones, as well as manganese, zinc and copper. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, by making healthier choices, individuals can reduce their risk of osteoporosis as well as the painful fractures it can cause.