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4 coffee myths: True or false?

13. October 2021

After water, coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world. The more relevant the topic of coffee became for daily life, the more people became preoccupied with the caffeinated beverage. No wonder, that some myths and half-truths arose. In this blog post we will show you which myth is actually true and which statement you should better not believe.

Coffee dehydrates the body

You have the feeling that you have to go to the toilet more often after two cups of coffee than after two glasses of water? This is possible and is due to the fact that caffeine stimulates kidney activity and thus has a diuretic effect. You excrete the absorbed liquid faster, but the amount does not change. This myth is therefore false! You can include coffee in your daily fluid intake and don’t have to worry about getting dehydrated if you drink a few extra cups of coffee.

Coffee is unhealthy

Very clear: No! It’s often rumored that caffeine causes cardiac arrhythmias and high blood pressure, but this has been disproven many times. On the contrary, caffeine stimulates the organism and can even strengthen the heart. According to an American study, the risk of cardiovascular disease is even lower for coffee drinkers. With three to four cups of coffee a day, you don’t need to worry about your health.

Coffee is addictive

Yes and no. To speak of an addiction would be an exaggeration, since caffeine does not act like a drug. The dose doesn’t have to be increased as in the case of an addiction in order to satisfy the craving. Likewise, no serious physical or psychological consequences occur with withdrawal. Only a slight headache can occur if you do not drink coffee for a longer period of time, even though you usually drink your favorite beverage every day.

A small hint: Coffee doesn’t make you sober either. The breakdown of alcohol in the blood is not accelerated by coffee. This is also a misconception.

Coffee makes you awake

In the morning, you go to the coffee machine first, right? That’s understandable, because coffee is supposed to wake you up. And that’s actually true. The body’s own substance adenosine blocks the release of invigorating messenger substances such as dopamine. This reduces the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. The result: you get tired. However, caffeine inhibits this substance. Your central nervous system and your metabolism are stimulated and you feel awake. It’s important to remember that every body needs a different amount of caffeine to wake up. The more coffee someone is used to, the more caffeine is needed to wake up. Therefore, it’s not possible to generalize that coffee impairs falling asleep. Caffeine does have a stimulating effect, but depending on the individual it can be strong or weak.

And now that you know that coffee is neither unhealthy nor addictive, you can order your favorite coffee specialty from your trusted barista. Or you can visit our Onlineshop and order our Caferino beans to your home. You are also welcome to take a photo of your moment of pleasure at a Coffee-Bike of your choice and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #coffeebikemoment. At the end of the month, a winner will be selected and we will send him or her a small surprise.

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