Yes, some folks still believe and it is our goal to educate. Ain't myth busting grand?
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1 - Coffee Gives You Insomnia -
Everyone is different, but for the majority of people an afternoon cup of coffee will have no effect on your sleep cycle. And by afternoon I mean around 3p.
According to SleepEducation.com;
"It has a half-life of 3 to 5 hours. The half-life is the time it takes for your body to eliminate half of the drug. The remaining caffeine can stay in your body for a long time. Effects can last from 8 to 14 hours."
2 - Coffee Will Dehydrate You -
So coffee is made of water and water hydrates. Right? Yes! Caffeine is a mild diuretic BUT the causation of dehydration is mostly offset by the water in your coffee.
"Caffeine can make you need to urinate. However, the fluid you consume in caffeinated beverages tends to offset the effects of fluid loss when you urinate. The bottom line is that although caffeine does act as a mild diuretic, studies show drinking caffeinated drinks in moderation doesn't actually cause dehydration."
3 - Coffee Will Sober You Up -
This myth is the fault of movies and you should not believe it.
According to a study by the American Psychological Association;
“The myth about coffee’s sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes,” said co-author Thomas Gould, PhD, of Temple University, in extending the research to what it means for humans.
4 - Coffee Helps You Lose Weight -
Listen folks, coffee doesn't speed up your metabolism. You are going to need to hit the treadmill if you really want to see results. Although, studies have shown the consuming coffee before a workout can improve your performance and that in itself will help you lose weight. Seems like a loophole on this myth.
5 - Coffee Stunts Your Growth -
Those old wives' tales sure do linger. And according to the guy who literally wrote the book on coffee;
"It's 'common knowledge,' so to speak—but a lot of common knowledge doesn't turn out to be true," says Mark Pendergrast, the author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World. "To my knowledge, no one has ever turned up evidence that drinking coffee has any effect on how much children grow." more here
6 - Coffee Is Addictive -
I'm a little skeptical of this one. Ever tried quitting caffeine before? HEADACHE. So yes, caffeine is a bit addictive but it won't have the same hold on you like say, cigarettes.
"No doubt, caffeine withdrawal can make for a few bad days. However, caffeine does not cause the severity of withdrawal or harmful drug-seeking behaviors as street drugs or alcohol. For this reason, most experts don't consider caffeine dependence a serious addiction." WebMD
7 - Coffee Causes Disease -
The answer to this is of course, no. Coffee will not cause disease. In fact, studies have shown coffee can actually help prevent certain diseases.
8 - Pregnant? You Shouldn't Drink Coffee -
I'll be honest, I didn't want my wife drinking coffee during her two pregnancies. Just in case you know. But, the science says there is nothing to worry about as long as the daily consumption is under 200 milligrams of caffeine.
9 - A Darker Roast Is Stronger -
Nope. In terms of caffeine, the darker your roast the less caffeine. Not by a great margin, but enough that this myth is debunked. A light roast will have just bit extra.
Here's something else to note, according to an article by NPR;
"One study published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology by researcher Bruce A. Goldberger of the University of Florida College of Medicine shed light on the variability of caffeine content. His research found that 16 ounces of caffeinated coffee from Starbucks had 100 milligrams more of caffeine than the same serving size from Dunkin' Donuts. The study also found that Starbucks' caffeinated breakfast blend, purchased at a Florida store, varied greatly in its caffeine content from day to day. One day, a 16-ounce cup had 259 milligrams of caffeine. Another day, the same size coffee contained 564 milligrams." FULL STORY HERE
10 - Use Boiling Water On Coffee -
Don't do it!
According to the National Coffee Association;
"Your brewer should maintain a water temperature between 195 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction. Colder water will result in flat, underextracted coffee while water that is too hot will also cause a loss of quality in the taste of the coffee. If you are brewing the coffee manually, let the water come to a full boil, but do not overboil. Turn off the heat source and allow the water to rest a minute before pouring it over the grounds."
There you have it. Now spread the word and let's get these myths out of the common story.