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Water/Tea nutrition question

readytocook May 12, 2008 04:50 AM

I have heard that if you add something like Crystal Light to water, it is no longer considered a glass of water for the day, but rather a drink. Not really sure why though..

Anyway, I was wondering....If I brew fresh tea (hot or iced) using tea leaves (no added sweetener) would that be considered a glass of water or is that too considered a drink?

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  1. chowser RE: readytocook May 12, 2008 05:20 AM

    They've revised the water recommendation. They now recommend 10 cups a day, to include all liquids, even coffee and tea, alcohol. The previous 8 cups wasn't based on anything scientific. But, overall, just drink when you're thirsty (as evolution goes, it only makes sense since that's the purpose of feeling thirsty, to let you know you need more water).


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      lgss RE: readytocook May 12, 2008 05:23 AM

      I think part of the issue is that things containing caffeine act as diuretic so cause more liquid to exit the body than they add.

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        Caitlin McGrath RE: lgss May 12, 2008 10:12 AM

        Similarly, alcohol causes dehydration.

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          ipsedixit RE: Caitlin McGrath May 12, 2008 11:09 AM

          The diuretic effects of caffeinated drinks and alcohol are overstated.

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