Blogging Friday – Coffee Myths Busted!

Hello everybody!

It’s been around 7 months since we last blogged, but that’s all about to change.

My name is Natalie and I’d like to introduce myself as the new Marketing Executive (as well as Sales Support) at Bridge Valley Beverages. Each week/Bi weekly (depending on topic I write about) on a Friday I’ll be uploading blogs for everybody to read.

This weeks topic will be;

Myths About Coffee Busted!

Firstly, let’s start off with;

Espresso Has More Caffeine Than a Cup of Coffee

We can see why so many people believe this to be of truth as it seems to have started from the fact that espresso has a darker colour and more intense taste. But this is not the case …

An average 8oz of black coffee has between 65mg-140mg of caffeine in, compared to an average 1oz espresso which only carries 30mg-50mg of caffeine. This shows a regular black coffee has 2.3x more caffeine in!

So if you’re looking for that extra boost during a long afternoon in the office, opt for the regular black coffee to pick yourself up!

Coffee Dehydrates You

People assume coffee dehydrates you more than other drinks because you urinate more due to the diuretic which is found in caffeine.

This is a misconception, regardless of the diuretic found in caffeine, a study in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics found that there was in fact no evidence that moderate consumption of any caffeine containing beverages leads to fluid loss in excess to what’s been digested.

In fact, PLOS ONE published a further study to say that 3 cups of coffee a day is actually the equivalent to 3 cups of water a day!

So don’t listen to that colleague who keeps drinking lemon water for a ‘detox’ and ‘extra water intake’ and have a coffee! F.Y.I Lemon water has no detoxing effect on the body system either, so go figure!

Coffee Sobers You Up

A pretty serious misconception to believe out of them all.

Coffee has no sobering effects what so ever unfortunately. It actually makes it harder to recognise the signs of being drunk as a study in Behavioural Neuroscience published. They stated that because of the caffeine boost into your system, your brain believes you are more capable of doing tasks such as driving.

Unfortunately, there are only 3 ways to sober up after alcohol; drink water, eat some food to soak up the alcohol consumption and wait it out.

Mid Afternoon Coffee Will Cause Insomnia

Unless you are drinking a lot of coffee per day (and even then, you will grow weaker to the caffeine response in your system) this is nowhere near true.

The liver processes coffee quickly, so that the caffeine in your system will only be present for 4-7 hours depending (how strong the coffee was etc). With this in mind, the caffeine will be flushed out in that 4-7-hour time frame.

You will be fine to drink coffee at 3pm-4pm, granted you go to sleep around 10pm-11pm.

De-Caff Coffee is Caffeine Free

This myth would have started with the words beginning with ‘de’, such as ‘deaerate’ which means removal or reverse.

There is in fact no actual way to completely decaffeinate coffee. However, a cup of coffee will have a mere 10%-20% of coffee in, so going off a regular black coffee, that would be the equivalent of 6.5mb-14mg of coffee per cup.

Caffeine Boosts Workouts

Oh how I wish this were true! If we could go into workouts with a sudden burst of energy to help us power through the workouts, everybody would be doing it!

This derived from the American College of Sports and Medicine, where they claimed that 3mg-9mg of caffeine per KG of body weight consumed an hour before working out will give you an advance during your workout.

That may be true for elite athletes (which it was tested on) but sadly it wouldn’t have the same effect for us all. For us normal people, we’d find that we would have dulls during the workout as the caffeine wears off and that the more tolerance we build up to it, the less effective it would be over time.

It’s also worth to note, that it was claimed that it would give short bursts of energy for 5 minutes at a time. Which for high intensity training would give a higher advantage compared to long endurance training.

Facts to Know

Know how much caffeine your taking in on a daily basis!

  • 1 mug of filter coffee is 140mg
  • 1 mug of instant coffee is 100mg
  • 1 mug of tea 75mg
  • 1 can of cola is 40mg
  • 1 can of energy drink is 80mg
  • 1 bar of plain chocolate is 25mg
  • 1 bar of milk chocolate is less than 10mg

Coming up next ... Popularity of Coffee by countries.

Now, why don't you go and drink that cup of coffee you've been craving all article!