Coffee, caffeine & hydration in the general population – Part 2

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Caffeinated beverages and fluid intake

A Beverage Guidance Panel, the initiative of a group of scientists, was set up in US, with the objective of systematically reviewing the literature7 on beverages, and providing guidance to consumers.

As far as caffeinated beverages are concerned, the Panel states that caffeine consumption of up to 500mg/day (the equivalent amount found in approximately 5 regular cups of coffee) does not cause dehydration.

Consumers have been advised, in a paper1 reporting on a conference in North America, that drinking a variety of caffeinated beverages, including coffee, can contribute to meeting the body’s requirement for fluids.

It should be noted that black coffee contains more than 95% water, thereby contributing to fluid intakes.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently concluded that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of water and the maintenance of normal and physical cognitive function8.

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