Decaffeinated coffee is a product that is a lifesaver for coffee lovers when, for one reason or another, they have to limit it. And if everyone has long known about ordinary coffee, its benefits and dangers, then how things are with decaf coffee, does it have pitfalls?
This coffee is obtained by extracting caffeine from the green beans of high-quality Arabica (it is she who gives the taste and aroma to the drink, in contrast to Robusta, which is responsible for the bitterness of coffee). There are 3 methods: eco-friendly (water-based Swiss – by soaking the beans in water), chemical (traditional European – soaking with ethyl acetate solvent | before methylene chloride, but can affect the taste of coffee and human health (headaches, nausea, increased pressure) if you drink a lot), progressive (using compressed gas).
Depending on the method of production, the taste and quality of the same coffee can vary. Therefore, look on the packaging in what way the decofenization of the grains was obtained. But, however, the manufacturer does not always indicate this.
1. Does not have a negative effect on the heart, since it contains almost no caffeine, it still remains in a small amount.
2. Perfect for those who, for one reason or another, cannot drink regular coffee.
3. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 20% regardless of the presence of caffeine; development of diabetes.
4. Suitable for pregnant coffee lovers, there are studies showing that decaffeinated coffee reduces the likelihood of miscarriage, but not more than 2-3 cups a day and of high quality, brew ground in a French press.
5. You can give to nursing mothers, provided that high-quality coffee (but not instant), but still think, considering what harm it can cause. If you still drink, then only after feeding and no more than 1-2 cups, brewing it in a French press, and not brewing it (the longer the coffee preparation process, the more caffeine in the drink).
6. Retains aroma and taste of natural coffee.
7. Accelerates metabolism, activates the process of removing toxins from the body.
8. Reduces pressure
1. If the coffee was produced chemically, there may be traces of solvent. It has been proven that such coffee can have a negative effect on health if you drink it in large quantities – an increase in fatty acids, damage to the walls of blood vessels, as a result of atherosclerosis.
2. There are several confirmations, but so far there is no final verdict, what can provoke the growth of cancer cells.
3. Addiction to decaf can lead to the opposite effect than what we want to get from regular coffee – drowsiness, fatigue, apathy.
4. A study was conducted on the effects of caffeinated and non-caffeinated coffee on the body. As a result, those who drank decaf had higher levels of bad cholesterol than those who drank regular coffee.
5. Like regular coffee, it is diuretic, so remember to drink water to protect yourself from dehydration and urinary tract problems.
6. Unlike regular coffee, it does not have a tonic effect.
How to choose decaf coffee
1. Look at the method of making coffee.
2. Choose only trusted brands.
3. Since a small fraction of caffeine remains (and some manufacturers do not have a small amount), then monitor your well-being so that later there will be problems.
4. If the taste of such coffee does not seem very aromatic to you, add 2-3 beans to it. It will add aroma, but the heartbeat is unlikely to increase.
5. Nowadays, in almost all supermarkets you can buy decaf both in grains and in instant form.
6. Remember that 10 cups of decaf = 2 cups of regular coffee for caffeine content.
Look at the pros and cons, maybe 1-2 cups of regular is better?