Whether it’s because you enjoy drinking your cup of coffee later on in the day or simply that you don’t enjoy the caffeine buzz, you may be opting for decaf coffee thinking you are making the healthier and wiser choice. However, it’s important to pay close attention to the points below before making the choice to go for decaf or not.

The most common method of extracting caffeine from tea or coffee is by using a solvent called methylene chloride. Large doses of this chemical were found to be carcinogenic in animal studies. Moreover, the actual coffee bean type that is most commonly used to make decaf coffee, Robusta beans, contains a higher fat content and has been implicated with raising cholesterol more than lighter Arabica beans. This is why decaf coffee is not an option for people with already high cholesterol.

It’s also important to note that just because you are drinking decaf coffee, that doesn’t mean you can have unlimited cups throughout the day. Large quantities of decaf coffee will still raise cholesterol, promote hypertension, and aggravate stomach ulcers.

Regular coffee provides many health benefits that do not apply to decaf. These include improved mental health, increased metabolic rate, and enhanced athletic performance.

Decaf coffee is a good beverage option for those with caffeine sensitivity, people taking medication that interferes with caffeine, or pregnant women who still want to enjoy a hot cup of coffee without feeling guilty. However, it is not a justification to overindulge or drink unlimited cups throughout the day. Also, remember that a decaf vanilla latte with extra cream on top will still have just as many calories, sugar, and fat in it.


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