Caffeine is known as a diuretic so it’s natural for people to think that coffee is a diuretic. But does decaf coffee dehydrate you?
The answer to this question is no. In fact, regular caffeinated coffee only dehydrates you in extreme cases. Caffeine is a diuretic, but in coffee it only poses a dehydration problem when you have well above 500mg of caffeine. That’s the amount of caffeine in over six cups of strong coffee.
And since decaf coffee has no caffeine it does not dehydrate you at all. In fact, it hydrates your body because it’s almost 100% pure water. Decaf coffee beans are made by stripping the caffeine out of the beans while keeping the other ingredients intact.
Decaf coffee not only hydrates you but is also a good source of antioxidants that protect you from sickness and disease. The antioxidants in decaf coffee also protect the cells in the body from free radical damage.
Experts recommend that while decaf coffee does hydrate you it should not be consumed in place of plain drinking water. Also, for those watching their weight, decaf coffee should be consumed without adding a lot of sugary syrups and fattening creams.
So there you have it. Decaf coffee does not dehydrate you. Health experts recommend that individuals wanting to maximize the health benefits of coffee should drink 1-2 cups per day.