Saturday, March 08, 2008

Really? The Claim . . .

I am long-time fan of the NY Times' Health section column, "The Claim: . . ." 

This week's piece is no let-down.  While we have always heard about the dehydrating effects of caffeine, studies suggest suggests moderate amounts of coffee are only as dehydrating as moderate amounts of . . . water!

Sip, sup and swallow with peace of mind, my friends.  Your kidneys will be just fine.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but the study didn't factor into the behavioral effects of coffee drinkers. Look around a morning class. Do you see people sipping water at the same rate that coffee drinkers are gulping their brew? So, maybe it's not a diuretic...people just drink a lot of it.

3/10/2008 3:44 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

That makes sense.

The studies also used coffee, and not espresso. More powerful drinks (like that 8 oz quad cappuccino I love so dearly) might produce very different results.

3/10/2008 6:01 PM  

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