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10/2/12 2:01 P

The diuretic qualities of tea and coffee are grossly overrated. I haven't drank soda for years (I drink tea, coffee, fruit juice, and water), and I can say that yes, tea or coffee work just fine for hydration purposes. Any liquid does count. If you're trying to limit caffeine intake, you should opt for decaf or lower-caf options like green or white teas, but otherwise, drink on.

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10/2/12 1:00 P

I also drink white tea or herbal (no sugar) a couple of times a day and find it keeps me hydrated just as well as water. White tea has very little caffein.

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10/2/12 1:39 A

Everything "counts" in that all fluids will hydrate your body and each 8oz glass of something wet will provide the same hydration as 8oz of water.

However, some people might choose that for them personally, they want to drink 8 glasses of "only water", and not "count" their other fluid intakes towards that. That is a personal choice and more power to anyone choosing that!

It's just not true though that there's any "rule" as to what counts and what doesn't. If you want to make up your own rules for you personally, go nuts. But "fluid" is "water". All fluids. There are no rules. :)

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10/1/12 4:46 P

I count my unsweetened black tea as water. Even though there's some caffeine in there, it's not nearly as much as coffee or soda, and I know there are many who count those as well. Several dietitian friends of mine have said it counts...

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10/1/12 2:24 P

There's no reason not to count caffeine-containing drinks. As Unident has already mentioned, ALL drinks count. Doesn't matter if they have flavor, color, sugar, sweetener, caffeine, whatever...they ALL COUNT.

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10/1/12 12:36 P


I've also heard that this is a good rule: count water and herbal tea, but nothing with caffein.

Green tea is the area this confuses me, as it does contain caffein, just lower levels than black tea. Would you normally count it given it's other beneficial health effects?

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10/1/12 10:04 A

I count herbal tea, but I don't count caffeinated beverages. I also don't count soda since although it's liquid, it's still a bunch of sugar. I usually have no problem drinking plenty of water.

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10/1/12 9:13 A

I purchased 2 identical water bottles. I made sure they were dishwasher safe and that they have the oz.'s marked on them. Each bottle holds 32 oz. I fill one with regular water and the other with green tea. ( I like to experiment with the tea so usually brew green with a flavored tea such as cranberry, blueberry, or raspberry. )
At the end of the day each bottle should be empty. If so, then I know for sure that I got at least 8 - 8oz. glasses of water in for the day.

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10/1/12 5:32 A

I drink over ten cups of tea a day. Some plain water, some coffee - but I DO count my tea as water.

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10/1/12 12:38 A

All fluids are "water" including tea, coffee, milk, juice, sodas and even energy drinks. You should limit caffeines, energy drinks and sodas for other reaons, and juice and milk do come loaded with calories, but yes everything "fluid" is "water".

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9/30/12 11:29 P

all liquid counts according to my RD

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9/30/12 10:15 P

So having adopted a more old-school typical chinese diet (and by diet I mean what I eat, it's actually a lifestyle change) I've been consuming quite a bit of green tea inbetween meals. My question is, given that I add nothing to it (I actually like it unsweetened) can I count it as water? It's basically just herbally flavored water anyhow.

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