Diet Soda and Kidney Stones

Daily Health Solutions, Endocrine Disorders, Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Special Diets
on June 17, 2010

If  research from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston holds true, your favorite sugar-free fizzy drink could help prevent kidney stones.

The study found that the diet versions of sodas such as Sunkist, Sprite and 7Up—but not dark colas—contain citrate, a compound known to inhibit formation of some kidney stones. The experts aren’t recommending that patients prone to kidney stones load up on diet soda, but the scientists think that diet soda could be a good part of the patients’ goal of 2 to 3 liters of water and other fluids per day.