"....caffeine are diuretics--that means they make you lose water--so they can't count as water consumption"
The amount of caffeine is minimal, you need to drink a LOT of coffee for it to have an effect.
So it CAN count towards fluids consumption as pointed out in the articles linked to.
Beverage experts report that many foods and beverages hydrate the body well including water, juice, coffee, tea, milk, pop, etc. Of course there are limits to each, check out the recommendations in this SP article: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
It's personal choice on what to actually count as "water" but all fluids will hydrate you.
You don't need to drink 2 extra cups of water if you have a coffee for example, it's a myth.
Edited by: LIZZY63 at: 3/16/2010 (12:59)