London - Can drinking cola lead to a lack of vitamin D? That’s the suggestion from scientists at Laval University, in Canada, who asked more than 700 women about their intake of sugary drinks, including cola and sweet fruit juice.

Blood samples showed that women who drank cola three times a week had 12 percent less vitamin D than women who never drank it. Other fizzy soft drinks and fruit drinks didn’t appear to have an effect.

Writing in the journal Nutrients, the team identified higher levels of phosphoric acid in cola as a possible culprit.

Previous research has linked phosphoric acid to lower levels of vitamin D and calcium.

Vitamin D helps regulate levels of calcium and phosphate in the body, and keeps bones and teeth healthy. - Daily Mail