The Truth About Coffee — Facts and Myths Surrounding Your Beloved Cup o’ Java

There are many myths about coffee that have been passed along through the years, and we’re going to set the record straight on a few of them.

There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a fresh cup of coffee. And while some may refer to their coffee consumption as a vice, more evidence is pointing to the opposite conclusion. Drinking coffee in moderation can have a positive impact on your health.

Keeping Your Coffee Fresh and Your Story Straight

What do people say when they want to get together with friends? “Let’s go out for coffee.” It’s a social beverage that helps keep people energized and moving, whether it’s from that one morning cup, or from a few cups scattered throughout the day. Let’s take a look at some common myths and find out the truth about coffee.

Q: Is coffee bad for your health?

A: Studies have shown drinking up to four cups of coffee a day can actually reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. It has been linked to anti-aging properties, and may even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Like anything, coffee should be enjoyed with moderation. And if you are pregnant, older or have health conditions like high blood pressure, consult your doctor for personalized advice on daily caffeine intake.

Q: Is coffee addictive?

A: While regular use of caffeine can cause a mild physical dependence, it is relatively easy to quit or reduce your consumption if you choose. Withdrawal symptoms are usually short-lived, and practically non-existent if you taper off gradually.

Q: Will coffee dehydrate you?

A: Although coffee can act as a mild diuretic, it does not dehydrate you because there’s so much water in a cup of coffee.

Q: Does coffee make you lose weight?

A: While coffee is not a weight-loss product, it can delay appetite for a short while. A perfect time to grab a cup might just be right before that meeting with the tempting donuts…

Q: Will a cup of coffee sober you up?

A:  It’s a myth that coffee will sober you up after drinking alcohol. Even if you feel more alert, coffee will not improve reaction time and judgment behind the wheel.

Q: Will an afternoon cup of coffee cause insomnia?

A: For most people, sleep will not be affected if they stop drinking coffee within six hours of going to bed. So go ahead and have that afternoon pick-me-up!

Q: Should I store my coffee in the refrigerator or freezer?

A: No. Coffee is best stored away from light, heat and moisture, so the standard “cool, dry place” is best.

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