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Popular Myths about Coffee Debunked

While I’m not the average person who drinks coffee, but a large percentage people who do. You probably crave it in the morning, and wait in long lines just to have it.

Coffee is every where.

And theres so much information on it from it’s benefits to it’s nutrition to the love of what it represents. But there’s also a lot of bad information though.

Here’s some things you might have heard about coffee that are actually untrue.

1 Myth: Coffee dehydrates you

This is arguably the highest misconception. When waiters would clean up tables of people who ordered coffee and water, they would notice the water glasses would never been touched.

The misinformation comes from the biggest ingredient coffee, caffeine. It’s a substance that makes you urinate more often. So It’s easy to see why people may have thought the more you pee, the more your body needs water.

But the thing is - coffee has another big ingredient and that’s water.

Marie Barone, Registered Dietician at the UC Davis Medical Center, says drinking a few cups a day will not make you thirsty. That’s because is has a lot of water in it which is what every human body needs.

There actually is no scientific research that proves caffeine filled beverages removes fluids in the digestive system. The water gained from coffee actually replenishes what leaves.

PLOS ONE study actually showed that 3 cups of water is on par with cups of coffee in terms of hydration. That diuretic of caffeine that causes you to go to the bathroom more often is actually so little that you’ll get immune to it easily.

2 Myth: Coffee helps with sobering up

When you’re at a party you might have heard coffee helps you with sobriety so you can drive home and avoid breaking the law.

Actually coffee makes it harder for you to recognize if you’re drunk than actually prevent it.

The journal Behavioral Neuroscience, says caffeine intake can actually make you feel fine even when you aren’t.

It’s so important to know this because caffeine and alcohol is a deadly combination that disrupts your judgement more than they are separately.

Drinking water is actually the only thing that comes close to sobering up the fastest. As well as eating food that absorbs the digestion of the alcohol and just wait.

That’s all you really can do. There is no magic solution to it so the more who know this, the better for everyone’s safety.

3. Myth: Coffee stunts growth

The actual myth can from really good advertising. Postum, a competitor to coffee in creating wheat and molasses ingredients wanted to shift the view of coffee to their brand.

It worked tremulously as it scared parents who wouldn’t allow their children to drink coffee anymore. It would make them hard to concentrate in school and allow down the growth of their body.

The closest in scientific study about caffeine is that they have found correlation in bone mass and calcium absorption.

Even the evidence isn’t 100% sound from the Harvard Medical School when their only test subjects were old ladies.

This may actually just be from their own aging bodies doing what happens when you’re reaching a certain age. Not necessarily from caffeine.

So that that said, there really isn’t any evidence that coffee stunts any kind of children’s growth.

4 Myth: one cup of coffee has less caffeine than espresso

A shot of expresso to an average size of a coffee cup (which is about 8 oz.) has less of a jolt power. Coffee Chemistry says 65-140mg caffeine is found in 8 oz. black coffee while an average of expresso coffee has around 40mg.

So black coffee is actually 2.3x more stronger in caffeine than expresso on average. So when you’re ordering an americano, you’re ordering it for the flavor, not for the extra caffeine, because there’s actually less.

So if you want to compare them by the volume, coffee has about 11mg of caffeine average while espresso is 40 mg by 8 oz. But who order a single 8 oz. espresso though?

It seems the myth comes from espresso having a darker roast so theres an assumption that darker is stronger in caffeine when thats not true at all. There is no study that correlates with color and caffeine amount.

So once you know these things about coffee can you truly protect yourself and make your life better as you consume it every day. Also be able to get back to work even better.
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