6 coffee myths - busted!
In this world full of people with different tastes, cultures, traditions and opinions there is one common meeting ground and that is over ‘a cup of coffee’. Yet, this universally favourite beverage is surrounded by several myths. This International Coffee Day, 9th September 2016, we tell you the real truth about coffee.
Coffee is just a quick stimulant – MYTH
The stimulant effect of coffee peaks in the blood 15 to 45 minutes after drinking – but may persist for hours. How fast your body deals with caffeine depends on your metabolic rate, but its expulsion is slowed by pregnancy, medications such as antacids and pills. Some people who drink coffee in the evening find they have no problems sleeping; others find the stimulant effect keeping them awake much longer.
It’s always hard to give up coffee – MYTH
A tiny percentage of the population, who may be sensitive of the mild stimulant effects of caffeine, may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as headache and lethargy, if they suddenly stop drinking coffee. These symptoms can be avoided by cutting down gradually over a few days. Most people just feel slightly less alert in the mornings when they stop drinking coffee.
The darker the roast, the stronger the coffee – MYTH
The darkness of a coffee roast depends on how long it has been left to roast for, and lighter roasts always have a stronger flavour. Darker roasts are more acidic, which can make the taste better or worse, depending on your personal preference.
Drinking coffee causes cancer – MYTH
Several research projects carried out to investigate links between coffee consumption and the development of cancer have negated the effect coffee has on cancer cells. Some studies have found that a freshly brewed cup of coffee may actually help your body to fight cancer. Antioxidants in both regular and decaffeinated coffee – many of which are produced during the roasting process – may have beneficial effects. Antioxidants can reduce levels of damaging free radicals and have been shown in studies to have both cancer and age-fighting effects.
Coffee can cause high blood pressure – MYTH
Habitual coffee drinkers have been shown to have a similar blood pressure to non-coffee drinkers. However, some people who have not consumed coffee for a period of time and who then start to drink coffee may experience a small, mild, short-term rise in blood pressure.
Coffee is a diuretic – MYTH
With normal consumption of 3-4 cups a day, studies have found the diuretic effects of coffee to be negligible. It’s only when there’s a high intake that it appears to have a diuretic effect.
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