Coffee and Tea is No Longer Considered a Diuretic and Bad For You

Coffee is one of those foods that scientists have trouble categorizing. Is it bad for you? Is it good for you? The medical community keeps changing their opinion depending on their trend at the moment, but the American public, as well as the rest of the world, loves their coffee and most can’t start their day without a cup or two.


Coffee and tea both contain natural caffeine, though tea has much less. In the past, they have been considered dehydrating, or a diuretic, because caffeine is a mild diuretic. Recent studies have shown that experts now disagree that these two caffeinated beverages are not dehydrating at all.


The reason is really more logical than scientific. A diuretic is classified as a food or drink that causes the kidneys to absorb more sodium and water than normal from the body, which is then disposed of in urine. Naturally, in this state, you would pee more frequently and you would become dehydrated.


But, Dr. Daniel Vigil at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in L.A. finds coffee and tea react differently from the above description of a diuretic. As a clinical professor of family medicine, Dr. Virgil says that in a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea there is a higher percentage of water to caffeine, so your body is able to absorb what it needs and release the rest. There is no dehydrating effect produced. So enjoy your coffee habit!

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