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Coffee in moderation doesn't dehydrate: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jan. 10, 2014

(SHUTTERSTOCK)


 

There is no evidence that links moderate coffee drinking with dehydration, British researchers say.

Instead, for regular coffee drinkers, multiple cups of java contribute to daily fluid requirements.

"Despite a lack of scientific evidence, it is a common belief that coffee consumption can lead to dehydration and should be avoided, or reduced, in order to maintain a healthy fluid balance," lead author of the study Sophie Killer said in a press release.

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In the University of Birmingham study, 50 men were given four mugs (200 ml each) of either black water or coffee for three days. Women were excluded due to possible fluctuations in fluid balance during menstrual cycles.

"We found that consumption of a moderate intake of coffee, four cups per day, in regular coffee drinking males, caused no significant differences across a wide range of hydration indicators compared to the consumption of equal amounts of water."

The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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