Contrary to the old belief that coffee stunts growth, rest assured, this is merely a myth. The belief that coffee dries you out is also unfounded; Moderate sips will not leave you high and dry. Beyond dispelling these misconceptions, discover the fun side of coffee—its role in improving cognitive functions and packing a punch of antioxidants. Unlocking the truths behind the beloved beverage, this article explores the myths and facts surrounding coffee consumption to add warmth to our understanding of coffee’s impact on our daily lives.
In an exclusive conversation with Zee News English, Mishti Agarwal, CEO of 93 Degrees Coffee Roasters talks about drinking coffee and the misconceptions surrounding it.
Myth 1. Coffee stunts growth
This is a misconception stemming from older studies linking caffeine to lower calcium absorption. However, moderate coffee consumption does not affect bone health or growth in children or adults. In fact, coffee contains minerals like magnesium and antioxidants that can support bone health.
Myth 2. Coffee causes dehydration
Although caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, the water in coffee offsets this, so moderate consumption does not result in dehydration. For most people, coffee contributes to a reduction in daily fluid intake rather than it.
Myth 3. Coffee increases the risk of heart disease
There was a belief that coffee could increase the risk of heart disease due to its stimulant effects. However, recent research suggests that moderate coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. In fact, some studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption may even have a protective effect on the heart.
Myth 4. Coffee is highly addictive
Coffee contains caffeine, which can be addictive for some people, causing withdrawal symptoms such as headaches when consumption is stopped suddenly. However, it is not as addictive as substances like alcohol or drugs. Most coffee drinkers can moderate their intake without severe withdrawal effects.
Myth 5. Coffee increases the risk of cancer
Historically, coffee has been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. However, recent extensive research shows that moderate coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of cancer. In some cases, coffee may have protective properties against certain types of cancer due to its antioxidants.
Myth 6. Coffee is bad for your heart
Contrary to popular belief, moderate coffee consumption is generally safe for the heart. Although excessive caffeine consumption can temporarily increase heart rate and blood pressure, moderate consumption (3-4 cups per day) is unlikely to pose a significant risk to most healthy individuals.
Myth 7. Dark roasts have more caffeine
The caffeine content of coffee beans remains fairly consistent regardless of roast. Dark roasts have a stronger flavor due to the longer roasting time, but don’t necessarily have more caffeine. In contrast, light roasts usually contain slightly more caffeine because less gas and compounds are released from the beans. Caffeine content may vary based on bean type and brewing method, not degree of roast.