Hi Nutrition Folks,

I’ve heard the mantra about 8 glass of water/day. I have a hard time getting excited about drinking so much plain water every day. I mean, it’s just so plain. I love drinking unsweetened iced tea and can easily kick back 8 glasses of that every day or a mix of tea and water. I don’t notice any negative effects from the caffeine in the tea.

If I stick to iced tea am I really losing out on the health benefit?

-Todd W.




You’re not losing out! A person’s fluid needs can be met in various ways and with little straight water. Beverages on average provide 95% free water, but thick smoothies or shakes have less – maybe 75% water.

As a habitual consumer of iced tea, you probably have a tolerance to the diuretic effects of caffeine. Plus, the volume is spread throughout the day so your beverage choice is fine. Remember your ice cubes are water, too!

To determine how much liquid you should be drinking, multiply your weight in pounds by 0.5 to get the recommended fluid ounces. Then divide by 8 (the # of fluid ounces per cup) to figure out how many cups that equates to.

– Debbie J., MS, RD



This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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