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Drinking Diet Sodas May Prevent Formation Of Kidney Stones

April 19, 2010: 07:13 PM EST
Kidney stone patients could benefit from drinking diet soda because the citrate and malate content in commonly consumed sodas may be sufficient to inhibit the growth of calcium stones, according to a U.S. study. Higher levels of alkalinity increases citraturia, which is a known factor for calcium stones. Malate in sodas, however, boosts the amount of alkali that is excreted. The researchers measured the citrate and malate content of 15 popular diet sodas and found that Diet Sunkist Orange contained the greatest amount of total alkali and Diet 7-Up had the greatest amount of citrate as alkali. A spokesman for the American Urological Association said patients should not substitute drinking diet soda for water, but “may benefit from moderate consumption" of sodas in addition to water.
Brian H. Eisnerab, John R. Asplinc, et al. , "Citrate, Malate and Alkali Content in Commonly Consumed Diet Sodas: Implications for Nephrolithiasis Treatment", The Journal of Urology, April 19, 2010, © Elsevier Inc.
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