Decaf Coffee, Good or Bad?
Whenever you feel lazy, there are two beverages that may come to mind. First tea and second coffee. Between both of these, coffee is the most effective way to get rid of laziness and that’s why coffee is one of the most popular beverages. Many people enjoy drinking coffee, but also limit their caffeine intake for some health reasons.
Decaffeination: For people who enjoy drinking coffee, but also are worried about caffeine intake for them decaf is the best option. Let’s find out what is decaf.
Decaf is short for decaffeinated coffee. It’s just like regular coffee, but with a reduced level of caffeine. The decaffeination process removes 97% caffeine from the coffee beans. There are many ways to remove caffeine from coffee beans. Most ways use water, organic solvent or carbon dioxide. Coffee beans are washed in the solvent until the caffeine has been extracted into it, and then the solvent is removed.
After going through the process of decaffeination, green coffee beans are roasted and ground. The nutritional value of decaf is identical to regular coffee, except for the caffeine content. Actually, decaf is not completely caffeine free, as some amount of caffeine remains in it, usually, about 3 mg per cup.
According to a study, each cup of decaf (60 oz or 180 oz) contains 0-7 mg of caffeine. Though, it is a lower amount than the average cup of regular coffee, which contains about 70-140 mg of caffeine depending on the coffee type presentation method or cup size.
Benefits of Decaf Coffee
Decaf is helpful in two types of diabetes. According to a recent study of American Diabetes Association, decaf coffee has the same ingredients as regular coffee, such as lignans and chlorogenic acid, which account for beneficial glucose metabolism and reducing oxidative stress in the body. Both coffees are rich in magnesium, which reduces the risk for the diabetic person.
- Protect the liver– Research says that coffee diterpenes and oils, such as cafestol and kahweol, have guarding effects. Decaf coffee has an antioxidant that increases liver function and detoxification pathways in the human body.
- Effective in heart disease– Decaf has a positive impact on our endothelial function, which regulates the blood flow and delivers the right amount of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body.
- Boots Our Brain Function– Coffee contains caffeine, which stimulates the brain to react and perform better. Coffee has a great impact on brain cognition and psychomotor behavior so it is helpful in many neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, etc.
Side-Effects of Decaf Coffee
As it was said, decaf is not completely caffeine free, so it has some negative impacts, too:
- All decaffeination processes are not safe- During the decaffeination process, coffee beans go through a chemical contained solvent. When the direct solvent extraction method is in place, it can be harmful to the human body.
- Causes cardiovascular complication- Studies show that decaf increases the risk of a heart attack. It tends to increase the level of LDL cholesterol, which ultimately makes you prone to heart disease, attack, and failure.
- Negative impact on bone density– According to several studies, decaf interferes with bone density.
- Increases bad cholesterol– According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association, decaf coffee may hike the Apolipoproteins B levels in the body, which is a component of LDL cholesterol.
- Increases in acidity- Coffee is highly acidic in nature and decaf can cause more acidity than regular coffee. It can also cause gastroesophageal reflux.
Everything in this world has its good and bad sides, and so does decaf coffee.