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Five Myths About Caffeine

Kayla DePalmer

I’ve heard it said that coffee is the sweet nectar of the gods, but let me tell you- coffee is the sweet nectar that fuels this sleep deprived mama. I am absolutely and totally addicted to coffee and without it, I’m incapable of forming words first thing in the morning.

If you’re like me, you have caffeine every single day, in one form or another. But how much do you really know about that mug of coffee, other than the fact it gives you superhuman abilities to face the day?  Here are five myths about caffeine according to those who study such things.


 

Growing up, we weren’t allowed to drink much caffeine, and certainly, no coffee until we were at least 18. Our parents believed that doing so would cause us so many problems. According to “The Journal of Pediatrics“, the average American kid between the ages of five and seven consumes about 52 milligrams of caffeine per day which is like drinking a can and a half of soda. What’s more is that kids between eight and twelve consume about double that amount on a daily basis. But some studies have found that a little caffeine here and there isn’t going to do long term damage to kids. High daily doses can temporarily make kids over-excited, or cause sleep problems,  but caffeine does that to grown-ups, too.

 

 

Several studies have shown that drinking moderate amounts of coffee won’t affect your chances of getting pregnant, but if you want to be on the safe side, you might want to limit yourself to roughly two cups daily.

 

 

This is sort of true, but not really. For most adults, drinking three cups of coffee won’t be terrible, but some people, including seniors and those with high blood pressure, may experience some problems. There’s a tiny bit of research that hints that caffeine may slightly increases your risk of osteoporosis, but only if you drink a huge amount of coffee- like eight cups a day. But then again, that amount might be fine for people in good health. Caffeine also doesn’t increase your risk of heart disease, raise your cholesterol, or cause irregular heartbeats. And it doesn’t cause cancer either. According to 66 different studies, coffee has virtually no effect on your risk of developing pancreatic cancer or kidney cancer.

 

 

Coffee is actually really good for you. It has antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, and while there’s no solid evidence that caffeine reduces your chance of getting Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, or type 2 diabetes, many who’ve studied such things believe that it does.

 

 

A lot of people think if you’re drunk that you can quickly sober up by tossing back a couple cups of strong coffee. Nope. According to Discovery Health, you might be a little more alert, but a study found that college kids who drank alcohol and then caffeine were actually more likely to cause a car accident.

 

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