Some of most popular coffee myths may sound quite reasonable, but turn out to be a real bullshit. What about caffeine in tea? And what about instant, or decaffeinated coffee? Let us try to figure it out.
Popular coffee myths to forget
The stronger it is, the more caffeine it contains
In fact, its strength does not depend on or affect caffeine content. First of all, caffeine content depends on the grind. Also, it differs for different coffee species. For example, arabica contains almost half of robusta caffeine. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can be from 50 mg to 300 mg.
Soluble coffee is not real
Maybe its taste is awful, but in fact it is just a concentrate of coffee solution. And it may also contain caffeine.
Decaffeinated coffee doesn’t exist
It is real, too. Caffeine is extracted out of it at the stage of processing green coffee beans.
Only coffee, black tea, chocolate and cola contain caffeine
In fact, caffeine is in fruits, seeds and leaves of about sixty plants, thus protecting them from insects. By the way, on average, there is less caffeine in tea than in coffee.
Coffee leads to dehydration
It is one of the most popular coffee myths. In fact, although caffeine is a weak diuretic it does not contribute to dehydration at all.
Pregnant women cannot drink coffee
According to latest studies, pregnant women can safely drink up to two cups of coffee daily.
Drinking too much coffee may cause death
The lethal dose of caffeine is 200 mg per kg of body weight. In other words, you should drink about 70 cups of coffee one by one.
Some coffee health benefits
- coffee is a natural painkiller
- it protects against cirrhosis of the liver
- in addition, it lowers risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
- it reduces suicide risk and depression