Busting Myths: Is coffee bad for you?

If, like us, you can’t get enough of coffee and tend to choose coffee over other beverages, chances are you’ve been told (multiple times) about how bad it is for you.

These reasons could sound genuinely sincere to outrageously bizarre, and could scare the best of us away from coffee. So, if you’ve already been scared or in the process of putting up with the well-wishers trying to steer you away from your favourite caffeine fix, we at BeanDeck are here to help you make the right choice.

So, let’s bust some myths about how coffee impacts your health and well-being. *drumroll please*

Myth # 1: Coffee makes your skin darker, especially black coffee

In a country obsessed with fair skin, this one is a biggie and we’ve all had that one aunt or that one neighbour who can’t help but tell us this. While we couldn’t care less if we were darker (move over fairness creams!), the SUN gives you a tan and we assure you that of all the magical properties coffee has, giving you a tan isn’t one of them.

Drink as much coffee as you like, we promise you’ll still look the same. If you don’t, its definitely not the coffee that caused it.

PS: We would love to meet the person who started this myth.

Young fit woman doing yoga

Myth # 2: You shouldn’t drink coffee if you are trying to lose weight

Did you know most commercial fat-burning supplements contain caffeine in generous amounts? This is because caffeine is known to boost your metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the body. Studies prove that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3 to 11%, and increase fat burning in obese people by about 10% and about 29% in lean people.

So yes, if anything, coffee could help you burn that fat and aid in weight loss. Not that you need it #loveyourself

Don’t go overloading yourself on caffeine now just to loose some weight. Remember, moderation is key.

Myth # 3: Coffee does not have any important nutrients

We wonder what the person who started this myth was doing when they came up with this because this couldn’t be any further from the truth.

On an average, a cup of coffee contains Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese, Potassium, and Magnesium. These are valuable vitamins and minerals for our bodies. So, every time you drink coffee, you are taking in these nutrients too. Keep that in mind while you sip yourself awake!

Myth # 4: Coffee can elevate your chances of getting diabetes

It can, if you are someone who adds enormous amounts of sugar to your coffee. But then, it is your sweet tooth causing the diabetes, don’t blame the innocent coffee for it!

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly (23 – 50%) lower risk of type 2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes globally. So there, it’s actually the opposite 🙂

Convinced yet? No? Let’s keep going…

Social aspects of coffee

Myth # 5: Coffee wrecks your liver 

Liver is an extremely important organ in your digestive system and also bears the brunt of a lot of our unhealthy habits. But trust coffee to be your knight in shining armour, protecting your liver from the deadly cirrhosis.

Coffee drinkers have shown to have up to 80% lower risk of damaging their liver and getting cirrhosis. Take that, alcohol!

Coffee and mental health

Myth # 6: Coffee is not good for your mental health

Have you met us before our morning coffee? We’re damaging mental health, just not our own!

Mental health is as important as physical wellbeing and sorry but your coffee isn’t ruining this for you either. In fact, a Harvard study found that people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day (we said cups, not giant Patiala lassi sized mugs), have a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed. They are also about 53% less likely to die by suicide.

If coffee makes you happy, drink it. Just in moderation, like everything else in life.

Myth # 7: Coffee causes heart attacks by increasing blood pressures

So this is a yes and no! Coffee does increase blood pressure, but when they told you that, they forgot to tell you how much this increase was.

Coffee increases blood pressure by 3-4 mm/Hg. Now, not all of us are medical professionals who know what this means, so let us explain. This increase is very, very small and very, very short lived. Also, if you are a regular coffee drinker, this won’t even be a regular occurrence anymore as your body is habituated to the coffee. Studies have not discovered conclusive evidence that coffee can cause heart attacks either.

However, if you already have an existing heart condition and blood pressure issues, please seek medical advice before consuming coffee. Also, different people can respond differently to the same stimuli, so talk to your physician.

Also, if you’re getting caffeine jitters PUT that cup down. Like our mum always says – “too much of anything is bad”

Young person drinking coffee

Myth # 8: Coffee accelerates ageing

Isn’t this something all of are afraid of – getting old? Well, it is proven that coffee has more health benefits than many beverages in the world with more antioxidants in a cup than a lot of fruits and vegetables combined.

Antioxidants slow down ageing, and can also reduce the risk of cancer. Compounds in coffee are known to be protective against liver and colorectal cancer.

However, it contributes to it, staying younger and fitter for longer is all about maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. So, get up and move every single day and keep sipping on that delicious cup of joe!

There are many, many more myths surrounding coffee. Before you begin believing these myths, do your research, read the fine print, and then decide.

Tell And while you decide, go brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee. If you’re confused about what to brew next, here are some new kids on our BeanDeck block you can try

PS: Our lawyers wanted us to let you know that we aren’t medical professionals (D-UH) and we advise that you do your own research and seek advice from a medical professional before following anything written here. (Like you always should with things on the internet!)

PPS: Our mom (like all moms) wanted us to tell you all “Excess of anything is bad”

Be good & Keep Sippin’

Images in the blog from Unspash by Brigitte Tohm, Christiana Rivers, Jessica Lewis, Maria Shanina, Math, Mikail Duran, Milo Miloezger and Nathan Dumlao

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