Don’t believe everything they told you. Debunking coffee myths and lies

The biggest lie? That coffee comes from a bean. Our lovely little roasted friend is actually the seed of a sweet coffee cherry. Myths, lies, and down right terror-inspiring tales of our favorite black magic brew have been deceiving devotees and abstainers for decades. It’s time you learn the truth.


Coffee causes cancer. Nope! In fact, recent studies have found that coffee is one of the largest sources of antioxidants in the American diet and that regular consumption minimizes risk of developing numerous types of cancers as well as Alzheimer, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease. To learn more about coffee’s many health benefits, click here.

Coffee stunts growth and leads to osteoporosis. Myth. Coffee facilitates calcium excretion but the loss is very small has no impact on bone health or height. Still need more convincing? Check out this publication from Harvard Medical School.

Coffee causes dehydration. Thankfully, a myth. According to the Mayo Clinic, coffee is a known diarrhetic but non-excessive coffee consumption does not cause or increase risk of dehydration. If you would like to learn more about coffee and dehydration, check out this study.

Pregnant woman can’t drink coffee. Myth. According to leading American OB-GYNs, it is safe for expecting women to consume up to 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (that is roughly a 12-ounce cup of arabica coffee). Need a little more confirmation before confidently grabbing your next cup of joe? We invite you to visit the source of all things American baby, The Bump. Data junkies, you may prefer an opinion piece published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Coffee increases bad (LDL) cholesterol. It depends on the brew method. Coffee contains terpenes, or oils, that can elevate LDL cholesterol. These terpenes are filtered out of most drip brewed coffees with the use of a paper filter. Thus, at normal consumption levels, drip brewed coffee does not increase LDL levels. However, coffee brewed using a non-filtered brew method, such as a French press, espresso machine, or stove top espresso brewer could lead to an increase in LDL cholesterol. To learn more, click here.


Espresso

Espresso, the delightfully delicious diva of the coffee world is often misunderstood and miscategorized … until today.

Espresso has more caffeine than an cup of coffee: False. Assuming both the espresso and the coffee are 100% arabica blends / beans, a single shot of espresso has less caffeine (30-50 milligrams) than an 8-ounce cup of coffee (65-120 milligrams).

Espresso is a type of coffee. Lie. Espresso is a drink made from a pressurized brewer, specifically an espresso machine. Espresso can also be a coffee blend used to brew the espresso drink or a regular pot of coffee. Espresso blends vary from roaster to roaster. There is no specific roast or combination of coffees that must be included for a blend to be considered and espresso blend. Additionally, any coffee could be used to make an espresso drink. Finally, espresso can be a coffee grind. Generally, espresso grinds are used for coffee brewed in an espresso machine but the espresso grind can be used for other brew methods, such as a Moka Pot.

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