Popular Myths About Coffee You Should Know

Alex Melen

Myths and urban legends have a way of circulating themselves, repeating stories to steer us away from something undesirable. What started as kindly warnings may have deterred us from enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Like, drinking coffee. To clarify those tall tales that stand in the way of our cuppa pleasure, these are some coffee myths you should know.

Coffee Causes Health Problems

As with any type of food globally, overconsumption will cause problems. However, coffee lovers who savor their coffee do so in appreciation and moderation. We love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and we indulge in the pleasure of a hot cup on a cold day. Studies have proven that taking caffeine in moderation ( up to three cups of coffee or 300 milligrams) is safe for daily consumption. It may even be beneficial to your health. For those with high blood pressure, caffeine may cause a transient increase in heart rate. Still, there are no concrete relationships between caffeine and cardiovascular diseases or Osteoporosis, cancer, or high cholesterol. But for pregnant ladies, you can stick to your decaf. And there are definitely no proven studies that coffee stunts your growth. You can blame that on genes.

All Types of Coffee Have the Same Amount of Caffeine

There is a wide variety of beans, roasting, and brewing methods, so not all coffees are made the same. Hence, they do not have the same amount of caffeine. For example, a cup of coffee from a popular fast-food chain is only 9.1 milligrams per fluid ounce, compared to 20 milligrams per cup from an international coffee chain. Depending on what coffee is used and how it is prepared, some coffee does get you a bit more pumped than others.

Coffee is Dehydrating

Coffee is a beverage and is brewed with only water. A study showed that coffee had no influence on a person's hydration levels. It did not cause the participants in the study to lose more water. In fact, it provided similar hydration levels as water. Myth busted.

A Cup in the Afternoon will Cause Insomnia

Although caffeine is a stimulant, your post-lunch coffee would be about 75% metabolized by the liver in four to seven hours. In other words, by bedtime, all the caffeine would be fully metabolized. It is not coffee that is causing Insomnia; look elsewhere.

Coffee Helps you to lose weight

The stimulating properties of caffeine can improve your metabolism very slightly. It is so slight that it would not make a difference in your diet, especially when talking about long-term weight loss. It may temporarily reduce your urge to eat. Still, there isn't enough data to suggest that long-term intake assists in weight reduction. But it could give you a little more energy for exercise or help you poop better.

You Maybe Addicted to Coffee

There is a little truth in this one. Caffeine stimulates our central nervous system, resulting in very little reliance. That is why we automatically reach for it for a quick perk. However, the withdrawal symptoms last just a day or two and are far from the withdrawal symptoms associated with other forms of addictions.