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Check out the 8 biggest coffee myths

Written by: Svenja Schindler



Time to read 2 min

Coffee in the morning is essential for most Germans - but are we doing something good for our health with it? Is coffee really a slimming product or is it even harmful to our heart health? We'll check for you what's behind the coffee myths.

Myth #1: Coffee dehydrates the body

Probably the best-known and most stubborn coffee myth:
It supposedly deprives us of water. It's not for nothing that we usually get a glass of water with our cup of tea... right?

Wrong! In fact, the water is only supposed to sensitize our taste buds and ensure a more intense coffee enjoyment.
Coffee even has a positive effect on our water balance. According to the German Society for Nutrition, it can be counted towards the daily fluid intake.

The reason for the myth could be that coffee increases the filter function of the kidneys. This has a diuretic effect, but only for a short time.
So the coffee myth is wrong!

Myth #2: Coffee is addictive

Yes. If you've ever tried to limit your coffee consumption, you may have realized that it's not that easy. Even mild withdrawal symptoms, like headaches, can plague you. However, one cannot speak of an addiction in the classic sense when it comes to coffee. Only from a habituation effect.

Because addictive drugs activate the addiction center in the brain, which leads to an increased release of dopamine - an intoxication.

With coffee, only such small amounts of dopamine are released that no intoxication can occur.

Myth #3: Pregnant women shouldn't drink coffee

In fact, coffee is not entirely forbidden during pregnancy. According to the German Society for Nutrition, two cups of coffee a day can be consumed without hesitation.

If your own needs are higher, it is advisable to switch to caffeine-free products, such as our decaf capsules.

By the way, we decaffeinate our coffee without using chemicals and use the Swiss Water process.

Myth #4: Coffee increases performance

Coffee not only drives away tiredness, but can also improve athletic and mental performance. It is not for nothing that athletes often reach for coffee. Coffee has been shown to improve focus, alertness and even mood. So the coffee myth is true.

Myth #5: Coffee stains teeth

We would like to tell you something else, but unfortunately this coffee myth is true. If consumed regularly, the tannins it contains can settle on the enamel and discolour it.

However, there is good news: If you drink your coffee with milk, the tannins are bound to the milk and the effect is less strong.

Myth #6: Coffee causes high blood pressure and is bad for the heart

Although caffeine in other beverages increases blood pressure, studies have shown that coffee does not. This is because other substances in coffee, such as chlorogenic acid, balance the effect.
Regular coffee consumption does not harm the heart either: a study with heart patients showed that even 6 cups a day have no negative effects.

On the contrary: A moderate consumption of 3-5 cups per day even has a positive effect on the cardiovascular risk.

Myth #7: Espresso has more caffeine than coffee

If we are particularly tired and want to get fit quickly, we like to grab an espresso. After all, it has a lot more caffeine than coffee, doesn't it?

That's not entirely true: calculated on the same amount, espresso actually has a little more caffeine, but considering that an espresso cup is much smaller, there is even less caffeine in the end.

Myth #8: Coffee boosts fat burning

Coffee is said to boost the metabolism and thus accelerate fat burning. The reason for this is the chlorogenic acid it contains, which inhibits the absorption of fats and sugar.

Unfortunately, the concentrations are so low that no effect can be confirmed.
Unfortunately, the coffee myth is wrong.