With coffee being the most popular drink across the world, it’s no surprise that there’s a few myths around it that float around. Today we’ve collated and debunked the top 6 coffee myths and have shared them with you below.
Coffee Will Make You Dehydrated
Coffee dehydration is one of the most common coffee myths. Whilst caffeine has dehydrating factors, a cup of coffee will not make you dehydrated. Have you got a cup of coffee with you right now? Look at how much water is in it. The amount of water you mix in to make a coffee makes up for the dehydrating effects of caffeine.
You’ll Get Insomnia if You Drink Coffee in the Afternoon
Coffee does contain caffeine, which is a stimulant, so whilst we wouldn’t recommend drinking a cup of coffee right before wanting to drift into a deep sleep, having a cup at 3pm in the afternoon isn’t going to give you insomnia. Many people need a little pick-me-up at work after lunch when their energy is flagging and this is completely fine, as by the time you go to bed at night the coffee will be out of your system.
Drinking Lots of Coffee Will Make You Skinny
One of the coffee myths we hear all the time is that drinking lots of coffee is going to get you that really slim catwalk model figure. It is true that coffee increases your metabolism, but this is only by the slightest amount - and we really mean the slightest. Drinking multiple cups of coffee a day isn’t going to rapidly speed up your weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight, you need a balanced diet, frequent exercise and then, if you want to, drink a few cups of coffee just to speed up your metabolism that tiny bit.
You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee if You’re Pregnant
It is recommended that you should stick to 200mg (approximately 1 cup) of coffee per day if you’re pregnant, but there’s no evidence to show that you should cut it out completely during your pregnancy due to it harming the baby. Caffeine can pass through the placenta but there’s no proof that it will be harmful to the foetus.
Darker Roasts Have More Caffeine
Again, another of the coffee myths we hear very frequently: “a darker roast means more caffeine”. A darker or lighter roast does not correlate to how much caffeine is in the coffee; just because dark roasts have a strong, rich flavour doesn’t mean they’re jam-packed with even more caffeine. In fact, roasting the coffee for longer actually burns off the caffeine so often darker roasts will actually have less caffeine.
Coffee Can Sober You Up/Cure a Hangover
The last on our list of coffee myths is that coffee can sober you up or cure a hangover. As we mentioned earlier, coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant and therefore can make you more alert, however it doesn’t have the ability to remove alcohol from your system therefore it’s not sobering you up, it’s just making you feel a little more awake. Similarly, it doesn’t cure hangovers, it just makes you feel a little more energised.
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