To say that coffee is a very popular drink is an understatement. The world loves it that people have a collection of things that they attribute to this 15th century-created drink. Unfortunately, not all of these coffee attributes are true. Continue reading to find out 5 coffee myths that you really need to stop believing starting today.
Coffee is a great way to lose weight
Yes, coffee can speed up your metabolism, but not enough to burn all the fat in your body. It will increase your heart rate, constrict blood vessels, and increase blood pressure, but it will not cause the mobilization of fat from their storage sites. The only way you can lose weight is by sticking to a sensible diet, preferably high in proteins and low in fat and carbs. Adding a daily dose of 60-minute exercises should also do the trick.
Coffee can give you ulcers
Coffee is acidic, but so is the stomach that produces a highly concentrated form of gastric acids. How much more acid do you think is needed to increase an already-acidic environment? What causes gastric ulcers is a type of bacteria that calls the stomach its home. Unfortunately, there are instances when this bacterium is over-stimulated that it becomes hyperactive. It irritates the lining of the stomach causing lesions which, over time, can cause the erosion of the stomach lining. This is what causes ulcers. Also, some anti-inflammatory medications can erode the lining of the stomach; not coffee.
Coffee can give you insomnia
This is perhaps the most popular myth about coffee. People will tell you not to drink coffee in the afternoon so you can have better sleep at night. While coffee is a stimulant, keeping you awake, most of its effects are already flushed out of the body within a few hours. The liver instantly processes the caffeine that you put into your body within the first 15 minutes. This is then circulated to the kidneys where some of it is flushed out into the urine.
Coffee can lead to dehydration
One of the effects of coffee is it increases the frequency and volume of urination. This is understandable since it is a stimulant. But, if you look at your cup of coffee you actually have about a teaspoon or so of coffee dissolved in about 180 to 200 millilitres of water. Your cup actually contains more water than caffeine. Sure, it will make you want to go to the restroom more frequently, but this is not enough to cause dehydration.
Coffee can reverse the effects of alcohol
You had a great night of partying where booze was overflowing. Next thing you know you’ve got this really terrible headache. The answer? A cup of coffee. Wrong! Coffee will not clear or reverse the effects of alcohol. Only time will.
There are plenty of coffee myths out there, just as numerous as the number of cafes sprouting in every street corner in every city and town in the world. These have prevented many from enjoying a really good cup. It’s time to stop believing in these myths.