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Does Tea Count As Water?


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My mom is trying to get me to drink more tea. She swears by it. So this morning i had a cup of hot tea with just a touch of fat free milk and splenda. I have a really hard time drinking enough water. I'm lucky if I get 16 oz a day.  So my question is does tea count as water?

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I always count my tea as water. During the winter I pretty much only drink tea because my office is too cold for anything else.

People used to say that the caffeine in tea (or coffee) made you dehydrated, but it seems that this has been pretty well de-bunked.

Personally, I never count my tea as water.  If weight loss is a concern for you, you need more water.  Even if it isn't you need more water.  I am a water FREAK so it is hard for me to see how people can only drink 16oz a day, when that's what I drink in an hour or two.  I think this is one of the few topics that there is no easy way around it.  If you feel it necessary to count the tea, I guess you can, but count it towards the 64oz that you should be having and not the 16 that you have been.

Also I'm not so sure about the caffeine thing.  Many teas have little or no caffeine in them, so you could choose those teas.  But I'm pretty sure that caffeine still does dehydrate you, I've never heard of it being disproved.

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I've also heard that the caffeine being dehydrating isn't true.  Even still you should be careful not to have too much caffeine so that you dont end up with withdrawl symptoms (headaches, etc) and insomnia.  Tea counts as water, as well as soda, kool-aid, crystal light, etc.  You just still need to count the calories in it.

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I've also heard that the caffeine being dehydrating isn't true.  Even still you should be careful not to have too much caffeine so that you dont end up with withdrawl symptoms (headaches, etc) and insomnia.  Tea counts as water, as well as soda, kool-aid, crystal light, etc.  You just still need to count the calories in it.

I think soda is really pushing it...I would DEF NOT count soda as water.  I get the crystal light/kool aid, because they are just packets added to water, but the best thing anyone can do is get the highest amount of pure unadulterated water they possibly can (within the range of normal)

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that's true, but you're not going to die of thirst drinking diet coke, it's 99% water.

Tea's fine.  You need 1 - 2 litres of 'fluid' a day.  Water is great but it's not mandatory to drink only water.  Other liquids you could try besides regular 'black' tea are herb tea, fruit tea, sugar-free cordials...  Coffee is OK in moderation.  Diet sodas are also OK if it's just one a day or so.  I rather like hot water with a slice of lemon.   If it's a choice between being dehydrated and drinking a range of other fluids.... go for the fluids.
Technically, everything you put in your mouth has some fluid, even if it's a trace amount, and counts towards your fluid intake and replacement.

So yes, your tea counts.

Yes tea counts. I drink green or black tea (splenda only, no milk) it's good if you can get the caffeine free ones, there are so many delicious flavors out there, and I love a hot drink.. even on hot days, must be the English in me!

I know that plain water is preferable, but I just loathe the taste, so I add crystal light. If you like slushees on hot days.. add crystal light to a bottle of water, pop in the freezer and squish the bottle after 20/30 mins.. lots of lovely ice and tasty too.

Oh.. and when I go out for a meal...they never have sugar free lemonade or sprite, so I have those crystal light "to go" packets in my purse, (kroger do something similar.. look in Smiths) so I ask for water at the table and just add my flavor packet, yummy and calorie free! I haven't been thrown out of a restaurant yet!! Laughing

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It counts as a liquid for hydration, not as water.  Tea and water do not (unfortuntely) have the exact same effects.  Also, keep in mind that water is SO important for not only hydration but for you skin, metabolism and fact! it helps with cellulite as well.

I used to hate drinking water as well until i went back home to South Africa and got so hot i had no choice.  I only drink bottled water though as i have convinced myself that this tastes better than tap.  It really is all in the mind though, once you've told yourself you actually enjoy the water you will.  In the meantime, get a glass and just down the 8 glasses.  I also find that keeping a 1ltr bottle on my desk helps me through the day (luckily we have filtered at work)

Good luck

 

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kathleen_i
Mar 31 2008 18:46
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that's true, but you're not going to die of thirst drinking diet coke, it's 99% water.

 

Kathleen, i think you'll find you might just die of thirst drinking diet coke as it's certainly not 99% water, more like 99% sugar

"Kathleen, i think you'll find you might just die of thirst drinking diet coke as it's certainly not 99% water, more like 99% sugar"

Am I missing something here?  How can "diet" coke contain 99% sugar?  I would never recommend it as a source of hydration but still I can't contain 99% sugar and only be 1 cal - can it?

No, there is no sugar in diet coke.

For about 3 years I never drank water....I drank mostly diet pops coffee and tea, ....I deffinatly stayed hydrated  as I am still here and kicking....I did find that when I started to lose weight that I lost more when I drank alot of water ( I use bottled and the crystal lite /safeway brand flavor packets) this said yes you will stay hydrated on tea!

Robbs, you may want to occasionally look at an ingredients and nutrition label on the things you eat and drink.

Remember just because it says 0 doesn't mean it has none.  Manufacturers are allowed to put a 0 on products if it contains less than a point.

No way is diet coke 99% sugar but it is not 0 either.  I believe it is .025 or something like that according to the Nutritionalist.  However, it contains  carbonation and this can cause bloating.  Limit yourself on diet soda's.  One a day is great but I wouldn't go over that.

 

Here's what I've heard. You're supposed to get 64oz (8 glasses) of "water" a day, but this is from all sources - definitely including tea, and also counting, for example, the water content in veggies. Considering that traditional tea (a teabag steeped in water) is really just flavored water, I'm sure it counts. I drink a lot of green tea varieties and they are very low or no caffeine.

As for the caffeine-as-dehydrating, what I've heard is that yes caffeinated drinks (esp. soda) are diuretics, but if your body gets used to caffeine (as all of our bodies probably have), it's not so bad. So, a caffeinated drink still provides some "net" water for your body. I'm not 100% sure of this, but I have heard that the "soda = dehydration" rule is not strictly true.

Weight Watchers suggests to drink 8 glasses of water a day. They say that 4 can be any liquid (coffee, tea, crystal light, vitamin water, etc) as long as it's caffeine free. but the other 4 should be water. I find it alot easier to drink water through a straw or sippy water bottle. Sometimes it also helps to squeeze a little lemon or lime in the water. Good luck!

If you don't like the taste of your tap water get a Britta filter, either for your tap or a pitcher. It cleans out chlorine and other nasties without all the waste and cost of bottled water. Three gallons of water are needed to create one gallon of bottled water, and there are those pesky bottles going into landfills.

I like Camelbak water bottles and lots of cold, unchlorinated water. Crystal light and iced tea are my favorite summer drinks.

...uh...why wouldn't it count as water?

Okay I feel I need to give ya my two cents on this...enough to take off my moisterizer gloves.  This is what I do.  I make either green tea or sleepytime tea and add it to a large cup of ice(24-32 0z)  then I can have what result I want and get more water in my diet.  I have lost about two pounds  in the last week and a half.  Green tea is a great antioxidant which can flush your system out  and clear up mild acne.  I also replaced my soda and coffee with iced green tea which led to way less fat, calories, and sugar.  Sleepytime tea helps me to relaxe in the pm.  Overall I drink more water because the tea melts down the ice and then I will add more water when i chug the original.  As far as diet soda and crystal light...fake sugar in my eyes seems to be just as bad as real sugar.  In the food log there is a catogory for tea of many kinds....i add it as tea. Water is water, plain and simple.  In the last two months I have lost thre pounds and my acne has cleared up.  I believe lots of water and greeen tea have conributed to my results. 

p.s. I used to drink about three 20 0z lattes a day...now i have one and use soy milk instead of 2%dairy...big dif in the end!

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