Caffeine has been proven to increase one’s risk of developing osteoporosis, but some studies have shown that those who drink tea regularly are less likely to develop the disease. Scientists believe that the flavonoids in tea may have a protective effect. Other foods that tend to increase one’s risk of osteoporosis include soft drinks, salt, alcohol, and sugar. Food that can reduce your chances of developing the disease: soy, leafy green vegetables, sardines, and salmon.
Believe it or not, the answer when it comes to whether you should or should not rely on dairy products to help reduce your risk is “it depends.” Choose low-fat milk rather than American cheese or cottage cheese.