Coffee myths surrounding around you often make you feel guilty for enjoying your favorite rich beverage, while in reality, most are simply misinformation. Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or afternoon is a ritual many people look forward to. But some of the news and myths about coffee and your health might make you think twice about a second cup. So, let’s debunk those myths so that the next time someone tries to tell you how you should (or shouldn’t) take your coffee, you would know what to say.
1) Coffee Makes You Dehydrated
This myth is probably the oldest one. Not true. Why exactly?. Well, take a look at your cup of coffee. Notice the watery consistency? You can attribute this characteristic to all the water in a cup of coffee. The amount of H2O in a cup makes up for the dehydrating effects of caffeine.
2) Coffee Stunts Your Growth
This myth has been around forever. However, the belief that coffee does stunt your growth is — forgive the aged expression — nothing more than an old wives’ tale. It’s unclear how this myth got started, but there’s no scientific evidence supporting it.
3) Decaf Means Zero Caffeine
Many people assume that a decaf coffee is free of caffeine altogether. But there is actually no way to completely decaffeinate coffee. A cup of decaf coffee will typically have about 10-20% of the caffeine you would find in a regular coffee. So if you are drinking 4 or 5 cups of decaf, you might as well be enjoying a cup of regular drip coffee.
4) Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight
Not exactly. The stimulating effects of caffeine can slightly increase your metabolism, but not enough to make a dent in your diet, especially in terms of long-term weight loss. Caffeine may reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but there’s not enough evidence to show that long-term consumption aids weight loss.
5) Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Drink Coffee
Caffeine won’t harm a fetus, however it is advised that women should limit their daily caffeine intake to only 200 milligrams, about one cup of standard coffee.
Caffeine can pass through the placenta and reach the baby, but there are no concrete studies proving it’s harmful. But… if you don’t want your baby to get all tweaky inside there, you might just want to play it safe and stick to decaf tea.
6) Instant Coffee Is “Second-Class”
Well, when it comes to the flavor, I agree. But this myth isn’t actually about flavor. It’s about the health benefits coffee can offer. Many people believe that instant coffee is pure trash that has nothing to do with “real” brewed coffee when it comes to chemical compounds and antioxidants. Surprisingly, instant coffee does not lose its antioxidants. On the contrary, some of them are present in a higher concentration than in brewed coffee.
7) Your Afternoon Cup Will Keep You Up All Night
Caffeine is a stimulant. However, the caffeine you consume in your post-lunch cup of is processed through the liver at lightning speed and nearly all of it is flushed out of your body within 4 to 7 hours. So, if you drink your second cup at 3 p.m., it’s completely gone by bedtime, unless you’re really lame.
8) Coffee Will Shorten Your Lifespan
A recent study says drinking coffee will actually help extend your life span. In a study of 9 million British male and female adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than those who didn’t drink it regularly.
Now that we have set you straight, you can go brew yourself up another cup!