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Researchers: Turn to tea for rehydration

Posted July 19, 2010

— As the summer weather heats up so does the risk of dehydration. Water may be the first drink you think of to quench thirst. However, British researchers say you might be better off with a nice cup of tea.

“I think because it contains caffeine, there has always been a thought that it might cause the body to lose fluid. But when you're drinking moderate amounts of tea, that appears not to be the case,” Dr. Catherine Hood said.

Researchers took two groups of men and served one cups of tea over 12 hours, and the other the same amount of water. They ran some tests and found tea drinkers were even more hydrated than those who drank water.

Researchers say they are not exactly sure why tea drinkers became more hydrated. Tea also contains antioxidants which help fight disease.


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  • mluddysr Jul 23, 2010

    Hardees still has $1 Ice tea - you choose sweet or unsweet. The sweet is way to sweet for me, so I put 1/4 sweet, and the rest unsweet and it's perfect. I quit sports drinks when I read that if you did an hour on a treadmill, then drank a sport drink - you'd be worse than sitting on the couch for an hour - they have way too many calories.

  • Iconoclast Jul 23, 2010

    If you want to get rid of sugar, just drink unsweetened tea. Tastes awful at first but fairly quickly, one comes to prefer it that way. Now, the stuff with sugar just makes me gag.

  • ghimmy51 Jul 22, 2010

    That study was paid for by the tea companies too. It's funny how BBC will state that but when their story is grabbed by someone else it gets "lost".

  • ghimmy51 Jul 22, 2010

    Oh ... and it's hot tea served in the traditional British way. They'd be appalled to hear us call our iced concoction "tea". I cut out caffeine from my diet mostly to avoid the sugar that often comes with it. If you've ever experienced a caffeine withdrawal headache for days you'll think as I do: caffeine should be banned. BTW: Truvia (brand name) is a great sugar substitute ... just go lightly with it. The stuff is SWEET and according to what I can find has no bad qualities except it doesn't work well for baking.

  • ghimmy51 Jul 22, 2010

    Hogwash. BBC runs two stories over and over month after month. This is one of them. Why? Carbonated soft drinks are rapidly becoming more popular than tea. As well as anti-oxidants tea contains caffeine, a stimulant and tannin, an astringent. I'll stick with water or a sports drink with electrolytes. The other story is about standard condom sizes being too large for men in India.

  • cwood3 Jul 22, 2010

    Bojangles or Smithfield Chicken n Bar-b-que have the best tea in the neighborhood. Probably too sweet for purests, but that's ok too.

  • timswar Jul 21, 2010

    It would be great to know *which kind* of tea was used in the study.

  • veyor Jul 21, 2010

    It sure would be nice to have lots more information, especially in an area known explitcitly for its tea drinking.

  • Hammerhead Jul 21, 2010

    Paul Neuman organic royal black tea, minimal sweetening. That'll keep your motor running.

  • Malcontent Jul 20, 2010

    To me, sweet tea is the only way to go! :)