Coffee has long been blamed for dehydration due to the fact that caffeine is a mild diuretic. But experts now suggest that such a drink can help with hydration, contributing to daily fluid intake. During Nutrition and Hydration Week, members of the British Coffee Association, an organization of the coffee industry in Britain, addressed the common misconception that people have about coffee. As per their latest findings, caffeine, at levels consumed moderately throughout the day, is no more a diuretic than plain water, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Also, according to British Nutrition Foundation, moderate coffee consumption (up to four to five cups per day) can contribute to daily fluid intake and keep coffee consumers alert and hydrated. They also say that drinking a variety of caffeinated beverages, including coffee, can contribute to meeting the body's requirement of fluids."Many people still wrongly believe that hot drinks, and particularly coffee, are not good for us because they are dehydrating. But in fact when you drink a cup of coffee all the water is absorbed and retained in the body adding to your hydration," said health expert Sarah Schenker. Related Links - Should you really give up chocolate and coffee?What does your coffee say about you?Caffeine boosts memory: StudyCaffeine compared: from coke and coffeeCoffee may help perk up your blood vesselsNo time for tea? How Britain became a nation of coffee drinkers For the latest food news and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get the NDTV Cooks app for Android or iOS.