MYTH #2

Drink­ing cof­fee will de­hy­drate you.

Prevention (USA) - - SCIENCE -

MYTHBUSTER Nope. While it’s true that caf­feine is a mild di­uretic, which means the stim­u­lant will cause your kid­neys to ex­pel more sodium and wa­ter than they would if you were sip­ping wa­ter, cof­fee is still a liq­uid, so its hy­drat­ing prop­er­ties bal­ance out any di­uretic ef­fects, says Vince Bu­falino, M.D., se­nior med­i­cal direc­tor at Ad­vo­cate Health

Care in Naperville, IL.

In a study pub­lished in PLOS One, re­searchers looked at the blood and urine of par­tic­i­pants who drank ei­ther cof­fee or an equiv­a­lent amount of wa­ter over a pe­riod of three days and found no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in hy­dra­tion lev­els.

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