Coffee Myths: Debunked
There are a lot of myths that are associated with coffee and the consumption of coffee that sad to say has given coffee a bad rap. Because coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages all over the world it make sense to try debunking the myths about coffee, some of which have been around for many years and that many non-coffee drinkers seem to want to hold onto so they can continue to proclaim just how bad coffee is for you. Some of these myths are even to the point of even sounding ridiculous and it is only fair to coffee and those who drink it that they be debunked.
One myth that hits the list for debunking the myths about coffee is one that no doubt you have heard often, especially when you were a kid and that’s the one that claims that “Coffee stunts your growth.” Really? Talk about an old wives tale. It seems that the contributing fact to this myth was a very early study of trying to link caffeine to the reduced bone mass and osteoporosis found in some patients studied. However, the big problem with these studies is that they were done on old people whose diets turned out to be low in calcium. More recently it has been discovered that there is absolutely no connection between drinking coffee and bone growth.
Another myth that belongs on the list for debunking the myths about coffee is a simple one “Coffee is Bad for You”. This again is yet backed no facts whatsoever, in fact all recent studies concerning coffee has come to prove that while consumed in moderation, like anything, coffee actually offers a variety of health benefits. One most important one is the proven fact that coffee offers more antioxidants than any other food or beverage we might have in our diet. It also speeds up the metabolism which in turn can help burn fat. Not only that it has been known to increase the performance and endurance levels of those who participate in physical activities. Not to forget that it also can increase concentration and overall memory.
One myth that often flies around about coffee and needs to be on the list for debunking the myths about coffee is “Coffee can give you ulcers.” Again this is not based on fact and recent studies about ulcers have shown that they are caused by bacteria and not coffee. The bacteria that most commonly causes stomach ulcers is called Helicobacter pylori and can easily be gotten rid of with antibiotics. However, it is true that once a person has ulcers that coffee might irritate the ulcer. So you might want to be careful if you already have existing ulcers.
Even though this is not as common of a myth as some of the others mentioned here, it still is one that needs to be debunked and that is by refrigerating your coffee it will stay fresh longer. This thinking is that coffee’s quality can be hurt by light, air and moisture and if it is put in the refrigerator it will protect it from this. However, this kind of thinking isn’t true. There are several reasons for this. In reality it is a bad place to store your coffee. Because coffee is very porous it is able to absorb food odor and this can give your coffee a bad taste. It also does not protect against moisture but instead can actually add moisture to the coffee. So, the best thing to do is store your coffee in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
The final and the most untrue myth of all of these is the one where people believe that “The best coffee comes from Italy.” Well if that were true then that means they grow the coffee beans indoors because Italy simply does not have the right climate to grow coffee.