The 8 biggest coffee myths checked
A coffee in the morning is essential for most Germans - but are we doing something good for our health with it? Is coffee really a slimming agent or is it actually harmful to our heart health? We'll check for you what's true about the coffee myths.
Myth #1: Coffee removes water from the body
Probably the best known and most persistent coffee myth:
It supposedly deprives us of water. It's not for nothing that we are usually served a glass of water with our cup... right?
Wrong! In fact, the water is only supposed to sensitize our taste buds and ensure a more intense coffee enjoyment.
Coffee actually has a positive effect on our water balance; according to the German Society for Nutrition it can be counted towards our daily fluid intake.
The reason for the myth could be that coffee increases the filtering function of the kidneys. This has a diuretic effect, but only for a short time.
So the coffee myth is wrong!
Myth #2: Coffee is addictive
No. If you've ever tried to limit your coffee consumption, you may have noticed that it's not that easy. Even mild withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, can plague you. However, coffee cannot be described as an addiction in the classic sense. Just a habituation effect.
Because addictive drugs activate the addiction center in the brain, which leads to an increased release of dopamine - a rush.
With coffee, only such small amounts of dopamine are released that no intoxication can occur.
Myth #3: Pregnant women are not allowed to drink coffee
In fact, coffee is not completely forbidden during pregnancy. According to the German Nutrition Society, two cups of coffee a day can be consumed without hesitation.
If your own needs are higher, we recommend switching to caffeine-free products, such as our Decaf capsules.
We decaffeinate our coffee without using chemicals and use the Swiss Water process.
Myth #4: Coffee increases performance
Coffee actually not only relieves fatigue, but can also improve athletic and mental performance. It's not for nothing that athletes often turn to coffee. Coffee has been proven to improve concentration, attention and even mood. So the coffee myth is true.
Myth #5: Coffee stains your teeth
We would like to tell you something different, but unfortunately this coffee myth is true. If consumed regularly, the tannins it contains can settle on the tooth enamel and discolor it.
However, there is good news: If you drink your coffee with milk, the tannins are bound to the milk and the effect is less pronounced.
Myth #6: Coffee causes high blood pressure and is bad for the heart
Although caffeine in other drinks causes an increase in blood pressure, studies have shown that this is not the case with coffee. This is because other substances in coffee, such as chlorogenic acid, balance out the effect.
Regular consumption of coffee does not harm the heart either: a study with heart disease patients showed that even 6 cups per day have no negative effects.
On the contrary: a moderate consumption of 3-5 cups per day even has a positive effect on the cardiovascular risk.
Myth #7: Espresso has more caffeine than coffee
If we are particularly tired and want to get fit quickly, we like to have an espresso. After all, it has a lot more caffeine than coffee, right?
That's not entirely true: calculated for the same amount, espresso actually has a little more caffeine, but if you consider that an espresso Cup is much smaller, it actually ends up containing less caffeine.
Myth #8: Coffee stimulates fat burning
Coffee is said to boost metabolism and thus accelerate fat burning. The reason for this is the chlorogenic acid it contains; it inhibits the absorption of fats and sugar.
But unfortunately the concentrations are so low that no effect can be confirmed.
The coffee myth is unfortunately wrong.