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?
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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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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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).
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, ?
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
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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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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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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.
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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