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February 20, 2012 10:31 AM
I am really confused!!! I want to add black coffee to my food diary (Kenco) but there are loads of different ones in the database and they all have different calories listed - what is right???

Cat
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February 20, 2012 11:03 AM
black coffee really is negliable - I just picked a generic one that says 8 ounces = 2 calories. It's what you add to it that adds a lot of sugars and unneccesary calories...you really do need to measure out if you are using a higher calorie creamer - I was using a flavored creamer until recently (I am on a 30 day paleo challenge) and I had to make sure I measured out a TBSP - if not I got a little heavy handed and that would mean extra calories I didn't need. I currently am using unsweetened coconut milk 0 since a cup is only 50 calories I can afford to be a little heavy handed with that...
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February 20, 2012 11:03 AM
Starbucks coffee lists a tall hot black coffee as 5 calories. I would go with this, as that is also what my instant coffee says. Personally I don't log coffee unless something goes in it.
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February 20, 2012 11:05 AM
I use the 2 calories for an 8 ounce black.
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February 20, 2012 11:21 AM
New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?
February 20, 2012 11:23 AM
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I am really confused!!! I want to add black coffee to my food diary (Kenco) but there are loads of different ones in the database and they all have different calories listed - what is right???

Cat


Virtually nil calories, just put coffee into your diary for your own info, but certainly don't worry about the calorie content. Black tea and coffee - especially if unsweetened are next to nothing calorie-wise :)
February 20, 2012 11:24 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?

This sometimes starts an argument, but I say yes.
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February 20, 2012 11:24 AM
maybe like 4 tops.
February 20, 2012 11:25 AM
I use K-cups and they all seem to be 2 calories regardless of flavor, so I just created a recipe for the amount of half and half and Equal I put it in it. When I go to Starbucks, they say 5 calories (black) and that seems to be a match since my serving there is almost twice what my Keurig can make.
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February 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?

I wouldn't drink 8 cups of coffee and call it your water....but one, sure!
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February 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?


No, I would not count coffee as part of your water intake, especially if you are drinking caffeinated coffee. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it pulls excess water from your body and makes you pee it out.
February 20, 2012 11:26 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?


No, if it has caffeine in it-it doesn't count. Asked my dietitian.
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February 20, 2012 11:26 AM
The coffee I drink (Folgers Dark) is about 4 calories for 6 oz. Most people don't even worry about logging things like coffee or tea; just the sugar, milk, or creamer they add to it.
February 20, 2012 11:27 AM
I didn't know we count coffee <<< wow>>> I'm glad I read this
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February 20, 2012 11:27 AM
I don't think black coffee has enough calories to bother adding. I started adding because I'm trying to keep my potassium input up and black coffee has quite a bit, so it's nice to see the numbers. (Most of the coffee entries don't list it, I had to look to find one that did)
Edited by paulcer On February 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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February 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?


If your goal is hydration, keep in mind that caffeine is a diuretic. I drink several cups of caffeinated coffee a day. For me, I find that this means I actually have to drink MORE than 64 oz of water to make up for it.
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February 20, 2012 11:30 AM
Teas and coffes have zero-very little calories Its when you start adding sugar and cream/milk is when you get the calories
February 20, 2012 11:35 AM
Very few, 2kCal/2g =~1 teaspoon coffee. do 12 secs jumping jacks and you'll be fine! ;) as people have said, milk, creamers, sugar and even some sweetners add calories.
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February 20, 2012 11:39 AM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?


You're never going to find people who agree on this question. Most ... some ... okay a few would agree that water is better for you nutritionally as it doesn't have too many extras in it. (My tap water has so much iron in it, I can put a gallon of it in the refrigerator and the next day its color has an orange tint.) However, many argue the point that if you take a glass of water to down your caffeine pill it's still water - much like coffee is still water with caffeine in it.

Here's what I know for certain .... I'm not giving coffee up. I drink 8-12 cups before I walk out my door in the morning. It helps me get moving in more ways than one. My next drink of choice is water. Rarely am I dehydrated. I know this by the color of my urine.

If you want it. Drink it. If it's all you're drinking then you may want to consider adding other liquids to your diet.
February 20, 2012 11:54 AM
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No, I would not count coffee as part of your water intake, especially if you are drinking caffeinated coffee. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it pulls excess water from your body and makes you pee it out.


So you're telling me that drinking 16oz of coffee is going to make you pee out more than 16oz of water that your body has stored? That's just not true. Caffeine stimulates vassopressin, the anti-diuretic hormone. You're still going to get water intake from drinking coffee, you'll just pee a little more.
February 20, 2012 1:22 PM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?


no I would not - water is just that water - I am of the belief the only thing that counts as water is water - however other people see if differently - if you want to use flavorings - such as crystal light or Mio if that is what it takes for your to drink water - then go for it - but anything with caffine or a lot of added stuff I would not count it as water...
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February 20, 2012 1:23 PM
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I don't think black coffee has enough calories to bother adding. I started adding because I'm trying to keep my potassium input up and black coffee has quite a bit, so it's nice to see the numbers. (Most of the coffee entries don't list it, I had to look to find one that did)


Try Coconut water - lots of potassium and great for you to boot
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February 20, 2012 1:27 PM
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New here, so not sure this is the place to ask....but....can coffee count as part of your 8 glasses of water a day?

Yes you can. Lots of studies supporting this.
February 20, 2012 4:33 PM
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no I would not - water is just that water - I am of the belief the only thing that counts as water is water - however other people see if differently - if you want to use flavorings - such as crystal light or Mio if that is what it takes for your to drink water - then go for it - but anything with caffine or a lot of added stuff I would not count it as water...


So adding caffeine to water makes the water disappear? Interesting.
February 22, 2012 4:53 AM
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no I would not - water is just that water - I am of the belief the only thing that counts as water is water - however other people see if differently - if you want to use flavorings - such as crystal light or Mio if that is what it takes for your to drink water - then go for it - but anything with caffine or a lot of added stuff I would not count it as water...


So adding caffeine to water makes the water disappear? Interesting.


No - but by adding caffine it affects your body in a different way than straight water does...just like when you drink a nasty soda...there is water in there but all the chemicals affect who it reacts in your body...

The question was asked do you count it as water - I simply gave my opinion that I would not count it ...if others want to count it so be it - to each their own - I drink 1- 2 cups a day, along with usually a cup of decaf tea...in addition to 9-11 cups of plain straight water a day...
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