Coffee has many benefits and positive effects on human health , but it’s also surrounded by widely spread misconceptions.
One example is the myth that coffee causes addiction. Another myth says coffee dehydrates you and is bad for your health.
Are you curious to see the most common coffee myths busted? Grab a cup and read on.MYTH #1: COFFEE IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE
The biggest, most widespread myth about coffee is that it’s highly addictive.
If you’re an avid coffee drinker and suddenly stop consuming caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like mild headaches or slight changes in mood and focus. However, in most cases, these go away after a day or two and your body continues its normal metabolic functions.
What many view as coffee addiction is in fact the body’s tolerance to caffeine and its ability to metabolize it. Most people know their daily caffeine limits and rarely go past them.
MYTH #2: COFFEE CAUSES DEHYDRATION
Coffee is considered a mild diuretic and this is probably why it’s also thought to cause dehydration.
According to a new study, this is not the case. Moreover, the amount of water in brewed coffee can actually complement your recommended daily intake.
MYTH #3: DECAF MEANS ZERO CAFFEINE
A common misconception about decaf coffee is that it’s completely devoid of caffeine.
Decaf does, in fact, contain caffeine, but in such small amounts that you can’t feel its effects.
For comparison, if you drink 7-10 cups of decaf coffee per day, you’ll get the amount of caffeine found in a single (8oz) cup of regular coffee.
The caffeine amount in the beans depends on how they were decaffeinated, but there will usually be some traces of caffeine. Coffee that is 100% decaf is hard to find, if non-existent.
MYTH #4: COFFEE IS HARMFUL FOR YOUR HEART
If you’ve ever had more than 3 cups of coffee in a day, you’ve felt your heart racing as soon as the caffeine kicked in.
This temporary sensation happens because coffee is a stimulant. Most coffee drinkers get used to it as they become more tolerant to caffeine.
According to a study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, moderate amounts of coffee are actually good for the heart and nervous system.
If your symptoms are more intense, like anxiety, heart palpitations and uncontrollable shaking, it might be best to avoid caffeine altogether or stick to decaf.
MYTH #5: ESPRESSO CONTAINS MORE CAFFEINE THAN FILTER COFFEE
This myth is popular because espresso is served in shots which are more concentrated than filter or drip coffee. The amount of water in a single espresso shot is significantly lower. This makes the coffee stronger in taste, thus the assumption it contains more caffeine.
A single cup of regular coffee can actually contain more caffeine than espresso. A single 1 oz espresso shot has 63 mg of caffeine. In comparison, one 8 oz cup of filter/drip coffee has anywhere from 75-165 mg.
NOW YOU KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOST COMMON COFFEE
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Frosina A. Ivanovic is a content marketing specialist and writer. She’s passionate about quality coffee, travel, wellness, and digital marketing. You can connect with Frosina on LinkedIn or her website, Zhillmatic.