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Top 5 coffee myths: Busted

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There are lots of myths floating around about coffee. We hear a new one almost every day! Here, we're setting the record straight on 5 of the most common.

1. COFFEE DEHYDRATES YOU

This is a very popular myth, particularly in sport. Whilst caffeine is a mild diruetic, the water you consume in your coffee more than makes up for any dehydrating effects. A 2014 study found no evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake, and even suggested that regular coffee drinkers may build up some resistance to the mildly dehydrating effects of caffeine. 

2. COFFEE IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE

Whilst high consumption may cause slight dependence due to the caffeine stimulating the central nervous system, realistically moderate consumption is not going to cause you any problems. Even better, with TrueStart Coffee you can regulate your caffeine intake to make sure you're not going overboard.

3. COFFEE CAUSES CANCER

Another fairly common myth. Not only is it completely untrue, but some studies have even found habitual coffee drinkers to be at far lower risk getting cancer. This is due to the antioxidants found in your favourite cup of the brown stuff. Liver and colorectal cancer are the 3rd and 4th leading causes of cancer death worldwide, and coffee drinkers have a lower risk of both.

4. DECAF COFFEE DOESN'T CONTAIN CAFFEINE

We'd forgive you for believing this one was true. Amongst others, a 2006 study from the University of Florida found that decaf doesn't mean caffeine-free. According to co-author Bruce Goldberger, “If someone drinks five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, the dose of caffeine could easily reach the level present in a cup or two of caffeinated coffee”.

5. CAFFEINE IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU

This myth is getting busted more and more, but we wanted to include it anyway. Caffeine becomes risky if you have too much, but there are plenty of benefits associated with a controlled level of caffeine, particularly in sport. Click here to learn more about caffeine in training

Are there any other myths you want us to shed light on? Comment below!

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