Coffee Myths Debunked
Coffee is one of the most enjoyed beverages in the world, easily ranking higher as a fan favorite than any other caffeinated beverage – and with good reason. Not only does freshly brewed coffee smell and taste delicious, it also has many health benefits as well. Of course, as with anything that enjoys such popularity, Coffee has its fair share of myths associated with it. In this article, we are going to bust some of these myths and discuss some coffee facts.
Below are some of the most common myths associated with drinking coffee and caffeine.
Coffee Causes Insomnia
This myth applies to both coffee and caffeine. You have probably heard it a million times – I drink coffee everyday and now I cannot sleep because of insomnia. While caffeinated coffee is certainly a stimulant and perks you up, studies have shown that drinking a few cups of coffee per day won’t make you an insomniac.
Coffee can make getting to sleep a little difficult if you drink it too close to bedtime; over half of the caffeine your body takes in for every cup of coffee you drink is quickly expelled – usually within 4 hours. If you have to have a cup before bed, try switching to decaf coffee instead.
Coffee Isn’t Healthy For You
Perhaps the biggest myth about coffee is that it is bad for you. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, there is an abundance of research that shows coffee is actually great for your health. From helping to prevent certain liver diseases to increasing your brain power, one thing is for certain: in addition to tasting great and getting you up and running in the morning, coffee has a lot of healthy perks. So drink up!
Coffee Causes Dehydration
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this particular myth. Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not cause dehydration. This myth probably stems from the early idea that coffee is a diuretic. However, in several popular studies, coffee drinkers who consumed four cups of coffee per day were compared to water drinkers and no significant difference in hydration levels were found between the two groups. This, of course, lead to the debunking of the popular coffee dehydration myth.
Decaf Coffee Contains No Caffeine
Most people take it as fact that decaffeinated coffee contains no caffeine whatsoever. Don’t buy into this hype. Even decaf coffee has some caffeine in it. To qualify as decaffeinated, a cup of joe must be 97% caffeine free. That means in most cups of decaf, you can find around 3% caffeine.
Coffee Beans are Actually Beans
This is one of those myths that makes a lot of sense on the surface. After all, coffee “beans” do look like – well, beans. However, they are actually seeds that come from a group of coffee plants of the family Rubiaceae. These “coffee seeds” look entirely different, giving off more of a berry look. They get their bean look after the roasting process.