Coffee consumption and fluid balancePrint this page 4 Oct 2013
The study of the effect of coffee, and caffeine in particular, on fluid balance can be split into two distinct areas: caffeine intake during exercise, and caffeine intake at rest in the general population.
– Current research on the effects of caffeine during normal life activities concludes that moderate caffeine consumption does not lead to dehydration.
– During exercise, studies conclude that not only is moderate caffeine beneficial for endurance performance, they also conclude that it does not contribute to body dehydration.
Previous advice, which suggests abstaining from drinking moderate amounts of caffeinated coffee, in order to maintain adequate fluid balance, is unfounded.
– Coffee drinking in moderation contributes to our fluid intake and does not lead to dehydration, or significant loss of body fluid.
– Black coffee contains more than 95% water. 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 function.
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