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Busting Myths About Coffee

Busting Myths About Coffee
What You Really Need to Know
By Barbara Ross

TP 202011 NURTITION 04Coffee has existed in this world for ages! It is a hugely popular drink, yet it is often considered to be a guilty pleasure. There are at least a million pieces of literature on coffee, both online and offline, but even so, there is a lot of false information doing the rounds about the beverage. A very common notion is that coffee is bad for health, of course.

 

In this 21st century, with at least a thousand recipes for coffee, the latest one being Dalgona coffee, people are still holding on to a number of myths about our favourite beverage. It is time to bust some of these age-old myths and free the drink from being seen as a guilty pleasure once and for all!

 

So here are some real truths about coffee!

 

Coffee is NOT dehydrating!

TP 202011 NURTITION 03One of the most common beliefs about coffee is that it is dehydrating. The caffeine in coffee is believed to have a certain diuretic action that causes dehydration. However, this is not true! In fact, moderate consumption of coffee on a daily basis of up to 3 to 4 cups has actually been proven to meet your fluid needs. Several tests were carried out on the level of hydration offered by different drinks, and coffee came out close to water, to everyone鈥檚 surprise.

 

You DON鈥橳 have to cut coffee to lose weight!

TP 202011 NURTITION 02The average daily consumption of coffee of up to 3 cups in a day accounts for a maximum of 1% of a person鈥檚 energy or calorie consumption. Even if coffee is consumed with low fat milk, it doesn鈥檛 impact your calorie consumption significantly. This means that coffee does not substantially affect your weight loss plans in any way.

 

Coffee won鈥檛 necessarily help you lose weight either!

TP 202011 NURTITION 05There is another common belief related to a different school of thought that says coffee helps you lose weight. However, that鈥檚 not true either. Coffee is a stimulant for sure, and the caffeine in coffee can very slightly boost your metabolism. This means you may feel a tad bit less tired or sleepy, but other than that, it doesn鈥檛 contribute to your weight loss regime in any way.

 

The caffeine in coffee is addictive, but not dangerously addictive if consumed in moderation

TP 202011 NURTITION 06Caffeine, as we all know, does have some addictive effects on human being. It is backed by science that prolonged intake of the substance tends to increase the receptors of serotonin in our body, which explains the lifted mood. However, this increased receptivity is caused only by chronic consumption of coffee. The average person drinks only 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day, which is quite a normal amount and doesn鈥檛 cause any addictive effects.

 

Instant coffee IS natural!

TP 202011 NURTITION 07People have a problem with instant coffee in that it is too processed. It is believed to contain a lot of additives and other chemicals to makes it water soluble. However, this is not true! The only thing that is used to process instant coffee is water. Other than water, it is 100% pure coffee beans.

 

These 5 truths should take a load off coffee and absolve the beverage from the bad reputation it has. The bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing wrong in drinking a normal amount of coffee on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, it will contribute to your system鈥檚 fluid needs as well.

 

So by all means, indulge in your morning cup of joy guilt free.

 

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