Drink Up! 5 Busted Coffee Myths

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We love coffee—stating the obvious, we know. So for us it’s hard not to get worked up when people spread myths about coffee. In addition to providing the world’s best coffee, we feel it is our duty to educate the masses and bust coffee myths. We get asked about these myths on our tours of the Bean Hangar and during our Coffee 101 classes with Professor Bean, Simeon Bricker and it’s time to bust them once and for all.

1. Coffee can cause cancer.

According to a recent study, nine percent of adults believe that coffee causes cancer. Nine percent may seem insignificant until you consider the amount of research with positive results. In fact studies have shown that coffee has been known to help prevent multiple types of cancer. Most scientist believe that it is actually the artificial sweeteners and sugar that put coffee drinkers at risk and that is where the negative connotations developed.

2. Coffee stunts your growth.

This is a myth we’ve busted before. Simply put it is just not true. The only correlation to coffee and stunted growth is the increased risk for low birth weight. The problem isn’t with coffee it’s with caffeine. Doctors recommend no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day while pregnant. An 8 oz cup of regular coffee has about 95 mg of caffeine while an 8oz cup of decaf can range from 8.6-13.9 mg. As always it’s best to just use your judgment.

3. Coffee makes you depressed.

If you’re a diet soda drinker I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. A recent study of people who drink more than four cups of diet soda a day found they were 30% more likely to have bouts of depression. Time for some good news, coffee drinkers were shown to be 10% less likely to struggle with depression.

4. Coffee is a diuretic.

A recent study released in the journal PLOS ONE found that while caffeine itself can act as a diuretic, the amount of caffeine in coffee is not enough to actually dehydrate you.

5. Coffee is bad for your heart.

It was long believed that because coffee would increase someone’s heart rate that they would have a higher likelihood of developing heart disease or something similar. Luckily, a Harvard study has shown that 2 cups of coffee per day has actually been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Next time someone starts to bad mouth your cup of joe, you’ll be armed with sound coffee knowledge. So go ahead, have another cup and know you’re doing your health a favor.

Want to drink up some more coffee knowledge? Come tour The Roasterie and learn all there is to learn about coffee.