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9/19/10 5:30 A

I personally count no beverage as water...unless it is just pure unflavored water.

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9/18/10 1:28 P

All the NP's I work with say that coffee does not count as it is a non hydrating liquid.

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9/16/10 10:58 P

i would say no but check for spark articals

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9/16/10 8:09 P

Any liquid that has water in it 'counts' as water, but water is the best at hydrating you without adding other things (calories, caffeine, artificial stuff ou get in sodas, sugar) you may not want to overindulge in.

Personally, I do not count coffee, or tea, in my 8 cups because the caffeine offsets the hydration. That doesn't mean I have not consumed the water, just that I'm not getting the full benefit of pure water.

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9/16/10 4:47 P


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9/16/10 12:45 P

No. Water + coffee beans + sugar + creamer. WOW!!!

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9/15/10 10:50 P


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9/15/10 10:33 P

I wouldn't count it. It has caffiene, which is a diuretic.

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9/15/10 2:54 P

No, it counts as coffee! emoticon Just joking, I really don't think so, though.

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9/15/10 11:20 A

It's to my understanding that it doesn't count, but that tea does. Not sure why that is.

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9/15/10 6:14 A

If juice and coffee and soda and tea count as water I have been loosing lots of points. I can sure change that!

Edited by: INDIUMRED at: 9/15/2010 (06:17)

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9/14/10 9:28 P

Basically, your body can extract and use the water from anything that has water in it (including solid foods) to meet your water needs. So, the question is not really whether something other than plain water "counts" as water, but rather, whether the other stuff that comes with it makes it a good choice for your needs and goals.

Some beverages, such as those with high caffeine or alcohol content (both diuretics), may also increase the amount of water your body eliminates without using, so that needs to be taken into account. Some beverages provide "empty" calories (added sugar) that need to be counted, and some provided needed nutrients. Others such as Crystal Lite use artificial sweeteners to provide flavor without calories, which appears to be safe in moderation, but could potentially cause problems if used excessively.

Here's an article from our SP Dietitian, Becky, with more info:

Healthy Beverage Guidelines .

Hope this helps!

Coach Denise

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9/14/10 7:45 P

If so is it equal?

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