Does Tea = Water?

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    Nov 23, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    So I'm trying to drink more water each day--I'm trying to drink around 56-64 oz. of water a day. I recently got a cast iron tea pot and drink around 30 oz. of loose (unsweetened) tea each day.

    Does anyone know if that 30 oz. of tea can count as part of my daily water intake? I know it seems like a dumb (or obvious) question... but thought I'd ask as I know you guys are smart. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    Well, what do you think tea mostly is? Both coffee and tea can count towards water intake. However, you have to remember that caffeine has a diuretic effect and usually dehydrates you. As much I love both tea and coffee, I have to admit they do nothing to quench my thirst. I usually have a glass of ice water alongside my tea or cappuccino to stay hydrated and wash down some of the bitter taste left in my mouth.
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    I'm concerned you're using an iron tea pot so often. Males shouldn't use iron cookware too often as too much iron is not good for us.
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    Nov 23, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    That sure is a lot of tea though! I couldn't drink that much without making 20+ trips to the john.
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    Nov 23, 2011 12:34 PM GMT
    30 oz of tea ain't gonna hurt you, but it doesn't count as water intake.
    On the other hand, I think my daily pot+ of coffee counts as a complete and balanced diet. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI'm concerned you're using an iron tea pot so often. Males shouldn't use iron cookware too often as too much iron is not good for us.


    male issues with iron are overblown...men just don't need to supplement iron. Men do need to get iron in their diets tho
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    Anything with caffeine is "negative water". Caffeine is a diuretic.

    Herb tea counts as water.
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidAnything with caffeine is "negative water". Caffeine is a diuretic.

    Herb tea counts as water.
    The diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible unless you're drinking a whole helluva lot of it. Even my pot+ of coffee doesn't dehydrate me, and I drink it very strong, all day long.

    It would take a Vente cup of pure espresso from Starbutts to even begin the diuretic effect.
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Yes, tea counts. Good info on hydration here:

    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/rm-quiz-know-about-hydration

    "Alcoholic beverages have the most dehydrating effect, but most other beverages contribute to your overall level of hydration. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages do have some diuretic effect, causing your kidneys to form urine. But they are generally hydrating because of their water content. Juices, sodas, and other sugary beverages also are hydrating. Water is usually a better choice for hydration because it doesn’t contain additional calories."
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    Dec 03, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    GAMRican saidAnything with caffeine is "negative water". Caffeine is a diuretic.

    Herb tea counts as water.
    The diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible unless you're drinking a whole helluva lot of it. Even my pot+ of coffee doesn't dehydrate me, and I drink it very strong, all day long.


    Yeah caffeine's diuretic effect has been way overstated. The water you drink in the tea or coffee more than offsets the effect.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeinated-drinks/AN01661