5 Coffee myths busted

As the most widely used ‘drug’ on the planet, there are a lot of urban myths about coffee! But how many of them are true? As coffee lovers, we wanted to find out more about these coffee myths and sort out the fact from the fiction…

1)      Caffeine dehydrates you: This urban myth does actually contain some truth. Caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, but since we typically consume it with lots of water when we drink coffee or tea, any diuretic effect is pretty much negated. A study actually found that regular coffee drinkers may build up a little resistance to the potential dehydrating effects of caffeine.

2)      Decaf won’t give you a hit: In a typical cup of coffee you’ll find between 95 and 200 milligrams of caffeine, while a decaf coffee could contain as much as 20 milligrams of caffeine. Decaf doesn’t mean caffeine-free, it just means less caffeine than standard coffee. If you were to drink five to ten cups of decaf throughout the day, you may end up consuming the same amount of caffeine as one or two regular cups of coffee.

3)      Caffeine helps you sober up: There are a variety of old wives tales offering advice for sobering up quickly. Taking a cold shower, drinking a cup of strong coffee… but is there any truth in the myth? A study examined the effects of caffeine on intoxicated mice and found that the mice were more alert after consuming caffeine, but they still had more difficulty navigating a maze than the sober mice.

4)      Caffeine is bad for you: As with most things in life, caffeine does pose some health risks, especially in higher doses, but it can also be good for you. For example, studies have found that it can help to lessen the risk and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and may ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s. It has also been linked it to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

5)      Caffeine aids weight loss: Caffeine does seem to slightly increase the metabolism, which is why it is often an ingredient in over-the-counter weight loss tablets. However, the effects of caffeine are not likely to add up to significant and permanent weight loss. Simply put, a few cups of coffee is most definitely not the answer to the obesity epidemic anyway!

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