If there decaf with no added calories/fat from cream or sugar then I think they would count. It would have about the same calories as adding a flavor packet to your water and without caffiene there's no dehydration caused.
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I don't count them as water, although they both have their own benefits.
I really only see plain ol' water as water, and I am guilty as can be of only having it flavored!
I do! Water is good but unsweetened, decaf tea is simply flavored water. And tea has many healthy benefits, including antioxidants.
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I don't agree. If you can count the water in fruits then coffee and tea do count. What of the people who count their diet pop? Liquid is liquid. Why else can we add Crystal Light to our drinks?
I count my coffee, as well as the 8 oz I use to take my daily fiber, as well as the 8 oz of milk and my 8 oz of juice.
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If you put carrots in your coffee its carrots and should be counted as such therefore for me if I have tea (that I drink about 4 times a day) the water in that tea is water. It has to count because it is a beverage so how can it not be counted
No, especially the cvaffeinated kinds. Caffeine is a siuretic, which means it strips your body of water. As the others have said water means plain, clear water with no additives like tea, coffee, or flavor crystals.
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:
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