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1/12/12 2:23 P

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1/8/12 4:59 A

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Yes tea can count as water if no ream or sugar s added to it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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This is a link from Spark ask the experts i knew i would find it there. www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
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I hope some of you will read it. Pat in Maine.

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1/7/12 8:17 A

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I remember being told, years ago, that I could count decaf tea and decaf coffee as water, but was limited to the number of servings, then the rest had to be regular water. Could someone please verify that?



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1/7/12 12:41 A

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I think if it is "clear" tea. no sugar, honey, cream etc.

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1/6/12 11:03 P

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I always count plain tea as a water... although I make sure that at least half of my "water" is actual plain water every day.

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1/6/12 8:54 A

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Oh yes, it has to be plain tea. If you had anything like milk, cream or honey than it would be caloric and can't be counted towards your water.

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1/5/12 10:12 P

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I drink tea, all day long.
I grew up in England with no refrigeration. We nevr drank anything cold ever. My Grandmother was adamant we warm the water to drink. Most often the water was on the fire and we drank it that way. I love tea, I never would dream of putting chemicals in water things like sucralose and saccharin no way but warm water with lemon juice is delicous to me.So is herb, green or black tea with nothing added.
The NIH says at least 8 cups of fluids not water so I have no problem with putting in 10-12 cups of whatever I enjoy and tolerate in to my body otherwise I would have to leave Spark since I cannot drink plain water.
Ay 68 years young I am not about to change a lifetime habit. Pat in Maine.

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1/5/12 8:30 P

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I think it depends on what else you put in it. I think herbal tea SHOULD count as water. But if you dose it with sugar or milk or honey - which add calories, carbs etc, then NO. Many times here in NY its COLD and I'll drink as a way of keeping myself hydrated and warming on the inside.



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2/13/11 7:00 P

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emoticonI believe with Weight Watchers you can sub up to 3 non caloric beverages for water. So, yes but only 3 out of the 8 glasses.emoticon

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2/13/11 2:03 A

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The one thing I consider when counting my beverage intake is what else is actually in the drink. Are there high sodium levels not found in water? Are there chemicals that my body will be challenged to expel, again, not found in water? Will my body have to work harder to process and break down what I'm drinking than it would with plain water? Water on it's own is SO necessary in carrying out the physiological functions of the body. When you start introducing other fluids (with other ingrediants), as a substitute for water intake, you are throwing off your homeostasis, making your body work that much harder to extract what it REALLY needs (which is unadulterated water).



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2/12/11 3:06 P

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If it's counted as water, it should be water no matter what is put into it. If I put crystal light into my water, is it no longer counted as water? This is confusing, and not making a lot of sense. Water by any other name, is still water?
coffee, tea, kool aid, crystal lite, ?emoticon



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yes I do ...I drink 4 cups of tea a day!



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No I don't believe so

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I wish I new the really answer as well. I have not but would like too.



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2/1/11 9:50 P

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I add some of those water add-ins packets and I count all clear liquids as water for the day..right or wrong, I do it and so far everything gets cleared out pretty good LOL



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2/1/11 10:12 A

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Yes, I count tea as water. I don't add milk and I use Splenda.

Edited by: MOTTAMAMALOU at: 2/1/2011 (10:13)

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1/29/11 5:31 P

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I count any fluid I drink towards my daily water intake...including tea. I see nothing wrong with it.

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1/29/11 11:15 A

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No I don't think tea counts as water!



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1/28/11 1:47 P

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I don't count it as water. But if I knew I could I would!

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1/27/11 11:13 P

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I count tea as my water too.



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1/27/11 10:52 P

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I count tea as water...I also try to get water in different forms,,,including right out of the tap.
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1/27/11 10:59 A

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thanks for asking this question. i was wondering as well. :)

i have been counting herbal tea as water.



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i count tea as long as it is decaf

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1/26/11 7:56 P

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i HATE plain water but i just add a teabag to it (no sugar or anything) and it helps me to drink it! i dont believe doing this adds any calories and tea is good for u so i count it as water!



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I count herbal tea



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1/24/11 6:11 P

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1/24/11 5:44 P

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After reading all the comments I am very glad I have NOT been counting my morning tea ( with skimmed milk) as water. I count the calories for the tea and milk in my nutrition counter then record the water. I have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water since I joined Sparks ( almost 3 weeks now woo hoo !!!). I feel IF in doubt drink more water emoticon



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1/24/11 9:42 A

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I'll count herbal tea as water intake but not any tea with caffeine. I know there are differences in the way the caffeine affects when it is in tea vs. coffee or soft drinks but it's better for me to make sure I get my full intake of liquids that keep me hydrated!

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why not?



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You need to drink water

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I count fruit teas but not black or caffeinated teas. I was advised that this was OK while I was in hospital with kidney problems.

I sometimes drink plain hot water as a tea substitute.

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I think only if it is decaffeinated. Take a look at the article "Healthy Diet Habits, Habit #4, Drink Water". This is a link to the article:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_diet_strategies.asp?diet_stage=2&strategy_num=4
It says lots of decaffeinated drinks can count. But caffeine is diuretic and increases your need for water.





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1/19/11 3:41 P

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Hmm never thought of counting decaf tea. I only drink decaf black tea, does that count? I do count herbal teas with my water though.



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If Decaf absolutely.



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no has caffeine cannot use coffee either

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I don't count it as water, but I don't track it either. I usually sweeten mine with splenda, no cream or milk or anything. If I went out and had a bubble tea or chai, I'd track that of course.



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I count herbal tea plain and decaf as water

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1/12/11 3:52 P

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I count herbal tea as water, ounce for ounce. But for tea with caffeine, I don't count it as equal to water because it the caffeine has a diuretic effect.

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I drink green tea, and I just keep refilling the mug with boiled water throughout the day, using the same tea leaves, so in theory it could count as water. However, it has a different effect on me than plain water does, so I don't count it as water. I count it as green tea, because that's what it is.

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A dietitian once told me that after 2 cups my coffee could be counted. I would think it could be the same for tea.



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How would it be different then adding one of those flavor packets?

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I think if its green tea?

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No, like coffee it should not be counted



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i count it but try to get some plain water in of course too

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I count my tea. I just don't like plain water much, so I count my tea and water that I add lemon and lime to.



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1/2/11 11:04 P

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I count tea as water.

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Under Weight Watcher rules from a few years ago, you could make half of your water goal by drinking non caloric, non caffeinated beverages. I try to get in all of my water, as water, every day, but will count other beverages in a pinch.

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I WOULD SAY SO.



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