While coffee continues to be one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, it is natural that it would be associated with a few misconceptions. With these coffee facts and misconceptions floating around, it's hard to sort out which ones are truth and which are fiction.
Well, we’re here to dispel some of the most common myths about your beloved cup of joe.
Coffee Dehydrates You.
While studies have shown that coffee is a mild diuretic (causing you to take a few more bathroom breaks than usual), normal coffee consumption is not dehydrating. Plus, that daily cup of coffee contributes towards your daily water intake.
Coffee Stunts Your Growth.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this growing up… As one of the most popular myths about coffee, it has become easy to blame your lack of height on the fact that you love your coffee. As it turns out, there is actually no scientific evidence to support that coffee has any effect on a person's growth. I guess it's time to stop blaming your cup of coffee for crushing your NBA dreams.
Coffee Sobers You Up.
This myth is not only false, but it can also be quite dangerous. While drinking coffee when intoxicated can allow you to become more alert and aware, there has been no scientific evidence to show that it reverses any effects of alcohol on the body. It has actually been found that those who consumed coffee while intoxicated felt more falsely competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving, due to their awareness. So with that said, save that cup of joe for the morning after when you really need it.
Keeping Coffee in the Freezer Helps Keep It Fresh.
Unfortunately, this is untrue. Coffee is best preserved when kept in a cool dry place, away from moisture and light. The taking the coffee in and out of the freezer/fridge creates temperature changes which create moisture. So this means you can simply keep it in an air-tight container in the pantry for your best beans.
Espresso is More Caffeinated Than Filter Coffee
Yep. You guessed it. This is false. While espresso contains a higher concentration of caffeine than regular coffee, its small serving size makes this ‘fact’ a myth. Filter brewed or drip coffee actually contains more caffeine per cup than an espresso shot. One shot of espresso typically contains 63 mg of caffeine, while an 8-ounce cup of coffee has 95 mg.