If you’re like most Americans, a cup of coffee is the only way you can get up and take on the day. That said, you’ve also probably hesitated to drink that cup of coffee (or second or third cup) because of those people who say coffee is a bad habit. Whether it’s “coffee dehydrates you” or “coffee stunts your growth,” there are a number of rumors out there about the harm of coffee that simply aren’t true. So sit back, drink up, and read on to quiet any doubt about your morning brew.
Myth 1: Coffee Dehydrates You
One of the main ingredients in coffee is caffeine—a diuretic (or a substance that makes you have to urinate a lot). While there is a slight diuretic effect from coffee and other caffeinated beverages, drinking a moderate amount of coffee each day will not dehydrate you. The main reason? Coffee is made of water and that water will mostly offset any dehydration.
Myth 2: Coffee Stunts Your Growth
No, the old wives’ tale of your growth being stunted by coffee is not true—at least no scientific study has been able to show any correlation. One study, however, has shown a connection between caffeine consumption and reduced bone mass and lower calcium absorption. And, even in this instance, the study focused on cola and other carbonated beverages (not coffee) and specifically tested elderly women—who, in some cases, were already struggling to absorb calcium. If you’re not one of those people, feel free to drink up!
Myth 3: Espresso Has More Caffeine Than a Cup of Coffee
For those who think they need a lot of caffeine to get going in the morning, ordering an espresso seems to happen a lot—probably because they think it contains more caffeine than just a regular cup of coffee. Actually, according to Coffee Chemistry, an 8 oz. cup of coffee contains an average of 92.5 mg of caffeine, while the typical 1 oz. espresso shot has an average of 40 mg. So if you’re dragging in the morning, having just one cup of your office’s black coffee can really get you going.
Myth 4: Coffee During the Day Interferes with Your Sleep at Night
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, it likely has nothing to do with your caffeine intake. Since it takes about four to five hours for your body to flush out the caffeine from coffee, save the coffee drinking for the morning and early afternoon and you should be able to fall asleep with no problem.
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