True or False? Getting to the Bottom of 3 Common Coffee Myths

| October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Coffee MythsIt doesn’t get much better than a steaming cup of coffee at the beginning of the day—or iced coffee, if that’s your thing. Coffee is a drink of choice for many people, and there has also been considerable research into its health effects over the years.

Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of misinformation out there regarding its health effects. Some coffee myths are because of research that turned out to be inaccurate, and others are simply old wives’ tales that stuck around to this day. Here are three often-repeated coffee myths and the truth behind them.

Coffee Can Sober You Up After Drinking Alcohol—False

It makes sense to start with this myth, because it’s probably the most dangerous. There are still plenty of people who believe that coffee counteracts the effects of alcohol, but this is simply wrong.

If you drink coffee when you’re intoxicated, it can make you feel more awake and alert, but it’s only giving you a false sense of security. You’re still just as intoxicated and just as much of a danger behind the wheel.

Coffee Is Bad for Your Teeth—Both True and False

It’s common knowledge that coffee stains your teeth, and that is 100-percent true. But this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad for your teeth. Black coffee has polyphenols that help eliminate plaque, and coffee’s antioxidants are good for your gums and jaws.

And even the negative effect coffee has on your teeth, the staining, isn’t a major issue. This is easy enough for a dentist like those at Malony Dental & Cosmetic to clean, and there are also simple ways to reduce staining, such as brushing your teeth immediately after drinking coffee or drinking it through a straw to prevent it from getting on your teeth.

Coffee Dehydrates You—False

Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes more frequent urination, and caffeine is obviously a big part of coffee (except decaf). This leads people to believe that coffee dehydrates them.

However, it’s important to remember that the main ingredient in coffee is water. Even if you urinate more from coffee, you’re still consuming water when you drink it, which mitigates any supposed dehydration. And caffeine is really only a minor diuretic to begin with.

It’s doubtful any myths about coffee made a Java lover stop drinking it, but at least now you know that coffee won’t dehydrate you or ruin your teeth. And you’ve learned that for all coffee’s amazing effects, it’s still no alcohol antidote.

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