If you enjoyed all the myth-busting that happened in "PART 1: So you think you know coffee? 3 myths about coffee... debunked!", then here are three more myths and what the real deal behind them are!
Some people think that all types of coffee are created equal. That is, they all have the same amount of caffeine.
Others think that an espresso shot is packed with caffeine, mainly due to its dark roast and bolder taste, which leads many to think these characteristics mean higher levels of caffeine.
This may be the most obvious myth of all, as different types of coffee have varying amounts of caffeine.
Not all coffee have the same caffeine levels. For example, Death Wish coffee has 651 mg per 12 fluid ounce while a McCafe has 145 mg per 14 fluid ounce. That’s a mammoth difference!
To find out about other brands, here’s how much caffeine is in your favorite brand of coffee.
Also, try comparing a shot of espresso to an average tall brewed coffee (around 8 oz). The latter actually packs in way more caffeine compared to the tiny shot of espresso. An average cup of black coffee would have 65-140 mg of caffeine while an ounce worth of an espresso shot would have 30-50 mg.
By volume, an average cup of joe has 8-15 mg of caffeine per ounce, and espresso still averages 40 mg per ounce. While this looks like espresso has more mg, ask yourself: can you actually drink 8 ounces of it in one sitting? Probably not (and we don’t recommend you do!)
This scene from Saved by the Bell may have been one of the reasons why some think caffeine is addicting.
But does caffeine really make a junkie in us coffee lovers?
While caffeine is certainly a stimulant and may cause dependency, a regular caffeine fix will NOT cause a drug-seeking addiction that threatens your overall wellbeing (which is what happens to drug addicts).
But getting off it abruptly may cause caffeine withdrawal. Symptoms include:
To learn more about caffeine withdrawal, read Caffeine withdrawal symptoms and how to reduce them.
Rather than an addiction, caffeine obsession may be more accurately described as “dependency.” When you go without it, you experience withdrawal, all thanks to dopamine or that chemical that influences our motivation and emotions. When dopamine levels go higher because of caffeine, you go through that perked up feeling.
But caffeine doesn’t get it to that “high” level of stimulation. It’s just enough to make you feel more awake. As compared to other drugs that throw off the balance in the reward circuits in your brain that wires other people up and cause drug-seeking addiction.
To learn more about this myth, check out “Is caffeine addicting?”
When you see supermodels caught by the paparazzi on their coffee run, it’s easy to think that caffeine is one of the reasons why they get to keep that Victoria’s Secret physique. So does caffeine really cause weight loss?
Caffeine can’t make you lose weight.
BUT… it can increase your metabolism! There are 3 ways it does this:
If you want to dive deep into how caffeine does this, check out 3 ways caffeine boosts your metabolism.
While caffeine is shown to contribute to weight loss and increased metabolism, having more caffeine doesn’t necessarily translate to burning more calories. The metabolic effects are based on certain factors, observed in studies only in the short-term, and are shown to diminish over time. Plus, consuming more than you’re supposed to can lead to adverse effects.
It’s always a good measure to keep your coffee or caffeine consumption in check and avoid caffeine just for the sake of losing weight. If you watch your caffeine intake you can keep enjoying each cup (or mint!) and embrace the added health benefits.
Plus, you may be delighted to find out that you can still drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks while you’re intermittent fasting!
Coffee, tea and other forms of caffeine are allowed in intermittent fasting, except for when they contain sugar and exceed a certain amount of calories.
Our take? Keep it to a low-calorie count and you can enjoy the benefits of caffeine and a boosted metabolism altogether!
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Some research has suggested that caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis - a scientific name for the way your body generates heat and energy from the calories in your food; but nutrition experts say that this effect probably isn't enough to produce significant weight-loss. Caffeine may also reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but again, there's no good evidence over the long-term that this effect leads to weight-loss. To date, no conclusive clinical studies have been done to determine the long-term effect of caffeine on weight loss, and the smaller studies that have been done show a lot of variability in the outcomes.
Want to hear something shocking?
Having your caffeine fix first thing in the morning will NOT perk you up.
But the good news is, you no longer need to make that sluggish early morning trip to the coffee-maker daily, nor join that long rush hour queue in your go-to café.
If you’re wondering whether we’re pulling some sick April Fool’s joke in the middle of August, there’s actually scientific evidence to all of this.
If you’re trying to lose weight (or at least not gain a few extra pounds), then the best thing to do is eat healthy and go to the gym more religiously, right?
But if you’ve been going at it for a while now and haven’t been seeing much progress, then you may want to look into something else.
Like your coffee consumption.
Now you may ask: what does an innocent cup of joe have to do with weight gain?
Let me tell you.
It’s not as innocent as it seem.
That cup of coffee you buy on your way to work? It may be sneaking in a few extra calories (more than you’d like and expect). And if you buy more than one cup a day, you may be racking up a few calories from a “dessert” that disguises itself as your go-to caffeine fix.