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April 30, 2012 7:30 PM
so just wanting to see how many of you do this.

do you count the water thats in other beverages (coffee, tea, hot drinks) as water consumed on your daily diary??
  14421805
April 30, 2012 7:33 PM
Not coffee, but white iced tea I do count.

You get hydration anytime you have something liquid (in varying amounts) or eat anything that isn't dry.
  17422854
April 30, 2012 8:00 PM
I just count water as water. I feel as though, when you mix it with other stuff, your body has to process it to get at the water. So I try to drink 8 cups of just water each day, in addition to my coffee.
  20900011
May 1, 2012 12:00 AM
I don't count my coffee, but I do count my unsweetened green/black tea. :)
  12224976
May 1, 2012 12:05 AM
I think coffee is actually dehydrating, no?
May 1, 2012 12:07 AM
I don't count anything but water, but I think it would be fine to count both.

The dehydrating effect of coffee doesn't negate the liquid in it. It's more, "Not as good as drinking water" than "You just peed that entire cup out!"
May 1, 2012 12:08 AM
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I don't count anything but water, but I think it would be fine to count both.

The dehydrating effect of coffee doesn't negate the liquid in it. It's more, "Not as good as drinking water" than "You just peed that entire cup out!"


This would probably explain why my mother has not died of dehydration. I swear she drinks nothing at all but coffee. I drink a lot more water than average, but coffee makes me feel like I'm going to die of dehydration sometimes.
May 1, 2012 12:27 AM
I count my green and herbal teas since they are hydrating, but I agree, I don't think coffee should be counted.
May 1, 2012 12:29 AM
I count anything natural and without calories/caffeine - so I'd count, say, peppermint tea, but not a diet coke.
May 1, 2012 12:35 AM
No I don't count tea or coffees as part of water intake.
Edited by Mads1997 On May 1, 2012 12:36 AM
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May 1, 2012 12:48 AM
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I just count water as water. I feel as though, when you mix it with other stuff, your body has to process it to get at the water.
Err... Think about what you've just said...

That would mean that if you drink a glass of water with a meal of roast chicken and vegetables, the water counts, but if you have chicken soup it doesn't.

Does that sound right to you? Of course not! It all gets squished up together in your stomach!

Unless you starve yourself for a couple of hours before drinking your water, and never drink water until at least an hour after eating! bigsmile
  6288475
May 1, 2012 1:08 AM
I think you are putting to much emphasis on water.

The best thing for you is water and water alone. If you consume tea, coffee then just worry about calories and other nutrients and keep drinking your water.

If you drink 14 cups instead of 12 cups of water, Great! Being well hydrated is the goal anyways.

I personally consume a gallon to 1 1/2 gallons of water a day and STILL sometimes notice that I am slightly under-hydrated. My point is, the extra few cups that you may drink a day by not adding in the coffee and tea will only work towards your benefit.
May 1, 2012 1:11 AM
No decent evidence that despite being a very wimpy diuretic caffeine in beverages causes any significant diuresis. You wan't to log coffee go for it!

You could probably find a web page claiming black is white so I treat any with a healthy amount of cynicism but have a look at

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50654
May 1, 2012 1:16 AM
oh no I never do, usually im putting splenda or soy milk in it anyways....water is water! great question tongue
May 1, 2012 1:17 AM
NEVER.

Water is water is water. I wouldn't even count flavored water as "water", if I drank it.

If you are counting tea, etc. as water, a lot of the time, caffeine in the tea will actually DEHYDRATE you. You lose more water than you gain when you drink tea (aside from herbal / noncaffeinated teas).

But yes. As a few others are here... I believe that only water should be logged as water. You're not getting enough, otherwise..
  17725808
May 1, 2012 1:19 AM
what about squash?
  21019610
May 1, 2012 1:33 AM
QUOTE:

I think coffee is actually dehydrating, no?


no.

For that to be the case it would need to cause the loss of more water than it contained.
  18022302
May 1, 2012 1:36 AM
the 8 glasses of 8 ozs is largely a baseless number plucked out of the air. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020809071640.htm

If hydration is your concern that's as much about salt as water - think about "rehydration salts" which are a dry powder.

Your water / H2O balance is equally well served by H2O in a glass of water, a glass of pepsi, a mug of coffee or the H2O in the foods you eat.
  18022302
May 1, 2012 1:38 AM
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I count my green and herbal teas since they are hydrating, but I agree, I don't think coffee should be counted.


This is how I do it as well. Since the weather is awful over here at the moment I can't bear to drink cold water, but herbal teas are lovely and have added positive effects beyond hydration.
I wouldn't count coffee, fizzy drinks and so on though.
  21080121
May 1, 2012 1:51 AM
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what about squash?


I count squash, I don't count coffee or green tea, herbal tea etc though
  16271950
May 1, 2012 1:55 AM
I do because I read a medical report on some research to say that the fluid contained in the beverages is obviously water.
May 1, 2012 1:56 AM
Saw a dietician when I started out as was struggling with the eight glasses of water and she told me that I could count tea (as only a small amount of milk going into it).
  7500652
May 1, 2012 2:02 AM
No.
  2502517
May 1, 2012 2:02 AM
I never count water from tea or coffee or green tea
and I dont think you should count that water as water intake the more you can drink plain water the better it is!
  12925713
May 1, 2012 2:06 AM
How much is 8 cups in litres? Is a cup an exact measurement???

I don't drink as much water as I should but London tap water is pretty chemicalised up, I should think anyway .... and bottled water is SO heavy to carry with the rest of the shopping.

Probably maximum I drink is one litre a day - if that.... but I would count herbal teas in that definitely!

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