Coffee: Myth vs. Fact

Cup of Coffee

It’s quite a polarizing beverage. Being a Coffee Person or a Tea Person has become akin to being a Dog Person or a Cat Person. With all of the coffee rumors floating around in the universe, how can we know what’s true and what’s false? Does coffee really cause cancer? Is French Press better than using a paper filter? Does high caffeine consumption link to heart disease? WHAT’S THE TRUTH???

1. Coffee causes cancer… unless you use a French Press. Then you’re ok.

Fresh Press Coffee

MYTH.

It’s the opposite, actually. A series of recent studies on coffee show that ‘moderate caffeine consumption’ (that’s 3-5 cups per day, people) can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Liver Disease, and a slew of other medical issues! The key to good health seems to be the caffeine, so skip the decaf unless your doctor has told you otherwise. To read more about these super interesting studies, check out the video on CNN.com

2. Coffee makes me… go.

Bathroom

FACT.

Coffee is a stimulant, and a side effect of stimulants is the stimulation of the bowel movements… so coffee definitely makes you go.

3. Espresso has more caffeine than a cup of regular coffee.

Fresh Expresso

MYTH... SORT OF.

Let’s break this down. A typical shot of espresso has 64mg of caffeine. An 8 oz cup of coffee has 96mg of caffeine. So drink for drink, you’ll get less of a caffeine rush from the espresso. HOWEVER if you break it down per ounce, that’s 64mg for espresso compared to 12mg for coffee… so if you’re planning on drinking 8 oz of espresso… maybe don’t. If you’re concerned about caffeine consumption but still love the nutty, deep taste of espresso, why not trade out your cup of joe for an Americano?

4. Coffee is addictive and I can become dependent on it.

Coffee is addictive

FACT... SORT OF

As we’ve said, caffeine is a stimulant and does cause ‘mild physical dependence’ according to WebMD. If you are a caffeine consumer and drink a moderate 3-5 cups per day, missing your morning coffee can cause mild, uncomfortable symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and anxiety. Although caffeine isn’t considered an addictive substance by ‘most’ experts in the field, the ‘withdrawal’ symptoms make it a borderline substance.

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