Love it, Like it, Hate it: Festival Hydration

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Staying hydrated is always important, but it’s especially critical if you’ll be spending the day under the sun at Jazz Fest, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst options when it comes to Jazz Fest beverages!

How much fluid we need:  Half of our body weight in ounces, plus 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost.

What counts as fluid:  Anything without alcohol

Hydration tip:  We tend to drink more of a beverage when it’s flavored, so water bottle add-ins can make it easier to stay hydrated.


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Water. If you tend tend to drink more of a beverage when it’s flavored, you can add flavor & electrolytes with water bottle add-ins (5 all-natural add-ins, up next).

Tea (e.g. Jazz Fest’s Rosemint Herbal Iced Tea, Mandarin Orange Herbal Iced Tea; unsweetened).   Tea contains caffeine, which is a diuretic, but the amount of water in tea (as well as in coffee & caffeinated soft drinks) offsets the diuretic effects.


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Diet soft drinks. They’re hydrating, but contain artificial sweeteners.

Light beer. Of all the types of alcohol-containing beverages, beer (particularly light beer) is among the least concentrated, with a lower percentage of alcohol (most have 4-6%), so it doesn’t have as much of a diuretic effect. It’s still key, however, to alternate non-alcoholic beverages with even light beer.


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Wine & sparkling wine. To be clear, there’s nothing at all wrong with wine or sparkling wine. But with as much as 11.5 to 13% alcohol, one or two is enough, to minimize risk of dehydration.

Frozen daiquiris. With more than 800 sugary calories, frozen daiquiris can pack in more calories than an order of crawfish bread or a couple of meat pies!