Coffee has numerous myths surrounding it, and it’s hard to weed them out from the old wives’ tales and those that have actually been proved true. Here, however, is a list of coffee myths that have been debunked by research and science. Pour yourself another cup of coffee, and get ready to appreciate your java even more than you already do.
Coffee Causes Insomnia – Myth
It takes between four and five hours for your body to process and remove caffeine consumed, so that cup of coffee you like to drink every afternoon will not keep you up all night. That said, it’s wise to not consume caffeinated coffee six hours before bedtime. Of course drinking coffee late at night will keep you awake; that’s not rocket science. But drink in the afternoon to your heart’s content.
Coffee Cures Hangovers – Myth
Coffee will not cure a drunk. All coffee will do for a drunk is make them a wide awake drunk. Coffee can actually make the hangover worse by dehydrating the body even further. Do not use coffee to sober up or fix a hangover; drink lots of water instead.
Coffee is a Stress Reliever – Myth
Perhaps drinking coffee makes you feel better, but coffee is not a natural stress reliever. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it can actually make stress worse, especially for those who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.
Store Coffee Beans in Your Freezer – Myth
Freezing the coffee beans will speed up flavor loss due to condensation. If you aren’t using your beans within a few days or a week, store them in the refrigerator, but not for extended periods of time.
The Darker the Roast, the Stronger the Coffee – Myth
The darkness of the roast only refers to how long the beans were roasted. This does not increase the caffeine content. When roasting coffee darker, caffeine is actually cooked off. The darker the roast, the more acidic and bitter the coffee becomes, but this doesn’t mean that it’s stronger. In fact, since lighter roasts are less acidic, they actually have more flavor than the darker roasts. It’s all about what you personally prefer!
Coffee Causes Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Bad Cholesterol – Myth
All of these are myths. Coffee has never been directly linked to causing any of these ailments and diseases. Conversely, a few studies have found that coffee can help fight cancer and has a lower incidence of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
See? Coffee isn’t that horrible monster it’s sometimes made out to be. Drink up!