Admit it or not, everybody loves coffee. I personally haven’t seen any coffee hater in my life so far. Yes, I agree you might love tea more than coffee but admit it, you don’t hate coffee. In fact, after tea, it is the most common beverage consumed.
The most common types of coffee consumed are Cappuccino, Caffè Americano, Café Latte (or Café au lait), Espresso, Flat white, Long black, Macchiato, Mochaccino, Irish coffee and so so many more…
Let’s talk about the main component of coffee that puts it in question
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. It is present naturally in coffee, tea, and cocoa plant.
Being a nervous system stimulant, it helps to wear off the tiredness and makes us more alert and active.
Uses of coffee
Coffee is generally used to relieve physical and mental tiredness and increase congnition and mental awareness. Some studies also show that coffee can prevent Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and cognitive decline. It can also prevent diabetes, gout, gallstones and certain types of cancer.
Safe amounts of caffeine
It has been proved in certain studies that around 400mgs of caffeine is safe for a healthy adult that is available in around 4 cups of coffee.
Myths about coffee
MYTH 1: Caffeine is addictive
FACT: Many people claim that they are addicted to coffee. Hold up their people, you aren’t addicted to it. It’s just that you like the taste of it. Ceasing your caffeine consumption isn’t going to hamper your daily life. You aren’t going to get any withdrawal symptoms. Yes, the body is used to it and thus there might be some sort of drowsiness or fatigue but nothing else. Question yourself. Except for the Gilmore girls have you actually seen someone working inefficiently because of coffee?
MYTH 2: Caffeine causes cancer
FACT: Cancer is a very complex disease with many causes but caffeine, is it one of them? Well, ROASTED coffee beans consist of acrylamide, which is a probable carcinogen cause cancer in animals but apart from that, there has been no EVIDENT RISK of coffee in causing cancer. Yes, some earlier studies linked coffee to cancer but that was major because of smoking as people who smoke drink a lot of coffee. But the newer studies have also linked coffee consumption to lower rates of certain cancer. Not to point out, not much evidence is available to make a statement.
MYTH 3: Caffeine affects heart health
FACT: Once again, studies have proven that there is no such risk of coffee to heart. Yes, caffeine increases the amount of epinephrine in the blood which in pure form increases your blood pressure (mild), the force of contraction and a little bit of heart rate. Overall there is no risk of heart disease of stroke or heart disease due to coffee. Though as we all know overconsumption of anything I’d bad so consume it in moderate amounts.
MYTH 4: Caffeine may trigger osteoporosis
FACT: There are a few studies that claim that coffee can worsen your osteoporosis but that is true only in elderly women who take excessive caffeine in a day. This is probably related to the fact that caffeine can increase calcium loss in urine and decreases calcium absorption in the body. Other than that you are good to go with around 3cups a day! Consume it in moderate amounts and you are safe
MYTH 5: Caffeine is harmful to pregnant women
FACT: To begin with, all the studies relate to this issue is inconclusive. There are certain relations of caffeine with miscarriages and difficulty in conceiving but so solid proofs are present. Caffeine can cross the placenta so it may hamper the sleep pattern of your baby too as it’s a stimulant but yet again no proofs are available. It has been said that moderate amounts i.e. 150-300 mg of caffeine is completely safe in pregnancy .
MYTH 6: Caffeine leaves adverse effects on children
FACT: The ability to digest caffeine in children is similar to that in adults so there should not be any detectable effects. Though it reaches a high level in children sooner than in adults so may cause insomnia, jitteriness, upset stomach, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and increased heart rate but well then again no accident proof is available
Overall all these are just myths and drinking coffee in moderate amounts is safe for you. So enjoy your cup and keep yourself safe from these lies!