Coffee Facts & Myths: 20 Interesting Facts About Coffee (part 2)

Posted on Feb 1 2013 - 11:55pm by Susan Bewley

Welcome to the second part of our list on 20 coffee facts and coffee myths. If you haven’t read the first part of this article, you can find the first 10 coffee facts on the first page of this article here. Feel free to tell us which of these coffee myths surprised you the most!

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      11. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Coffee can help you if your stressed.

Answer: Myth

If you are someone who already suffers from anxiety, you probably want to avoid drinking too much coffee. Multiple studies have proven that the caffeine in coffee is bad for people who suffer from anxiety disorders and can actually make you more prone to panic attacks. It is recommended that you avoid coffee when going through stressful period in your life or at least limit your caffeine intake.

       12. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Coffee can help you remember.

Answer: Fact

When it comes to remembering, coffee is some pretty cool stuff! In a recent study it was found that after drinking 2 cups of coffee, participants put through an MRI showed increased activity in the front lobes of their brain  responsible for memory and attention. While the attention was temporary, it seemed to show improvements in long term memory retention throughout the study. In another long term study, it found that women especially benefited from drinking at least three cups of coffee a day, showing 33% less decline in memory over time than women who drank one cup or less of coffee. In other words, we should keep enjoying our coffee ladies!

      13. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Dark roast coffee has more caffeine.

Answer: Myth

Many people who claim to be ‘experts’ with coffee claim that if you want to get the most benefits out of coffee, drink dark roasts. Not only does it taste better but has more caffeine than lighter roasts. We hate to break it to the experts but darker roasted coffees actually have less caffeine since they are roasted longer. During the roasting process, caffeine is burned off the coffee, making it less effective than lighter roasts.

      14. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Drinking coffee raises your risk of heart disease.

Answer: Myth

For years, doctors said that people with a risk of heart disease should avoid coffee. Recent studies have said quite the opposite! During an analysis of over 10 studies with over 400,000 participants, it was found that there was no increase in heart disease in participants that had caffeine, according to a cardiologist at the University of CA. They also fund that there was no evidence of an increase in heart attacks, sudden death, or abnormal heart rhythms.

Want to know something even cooler for us ladies? A 15 year study as part of the Iowa Women’s Health Study found that out of the women who drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day have a very low risk of cardiovascular disease! While there is no benefit for drinking over three cups, it’s definitely not bad news!

      15. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Coffee can cause hypertension.

Answer: Myth

If you have high blood pressure, you have likely been told by a doctor to avoid coffee. We are happy to report that this has been disproved! In a study of over 155,000 nurses, it was found that women who drink coffee for more than a decade are less likely than women who don’t drink coffee to suffer from hypertension. Oddly enough, the same was NOT found to be true with soda, meaning the problem with soda is not attributed to caffeine.

      16. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Coffee causes bone loss in women.

Answer: Myth

Contrary to what some people believe, drinking coffee will not cause osteoporosis. This original myth was started with the same study that found caffeine caused bone loss in elderly women who drink caffeine. This study was revisited and found that it was a lack of calcium in the diet that caused the problem, not coffee. While caffeine can cause a slight loss in calcium absorption, this can easily be offset by putting two teaspoons of skim milk or other dairy in your coffee.

      17. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Drinking too much coffee can cause cancer.

Answer: Myth

If you follow the news you probably heard the scare awhile back of coffee being linked to pancreatic cancer. When this 1981 Harvard study was revisited, it was found that coffee wasn’t what increased the risk of cancer, but smoking! After looking at this study and 66 others, it was found that coffee didn’t cause cancer, but actually helped prevent a wide variety of them! Through the review and another study, it was found that people who drank coffee were less likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer, compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.

So, what about breast cancer? There is another similar myth out there claiming that women who drink coffee almost double their chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer. A recent Swedish study with over 59,000 participants found no link between coffee consumption and breast cancer, so relax and enjoy a cup of coffee!

      18. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Coffee can help you lose weight.

Answer: Myth

You guys are probably thinking I’m crazy on this one. Just about every fitness site out there says caffeine will help you lose weight. I had to burst your bubble on this one but most of the caffeine fitness craze is advertising. While caffeine does speed up your metabolism, multiple studies have concluded that there is no correlation between weight loss and coffee. What was found, however, is that a large consumption of caffeine can actually attribute to weight GAIN. In a recent long term study, it was found that people who consumed large amounts of caffeine actually gained weight during the study. If you are hoping to lose some extra weight before summer, we recommend doing it the old fashion way – watching calories and hitting the gym!

      19. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Energy drinks have more caffeine than coffee.

Answer: Myth

Do you drink red bull and other energy drinks for the caffeine boost? We hate to break it to you but those expensive energy drink are only adding calories to your diet. An 8 oz can of Red Bull had 80 mill of caffeine. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? What if we told you that the average cup of coffee is 88 to 100 mill. of caffeine? To see a breakdown of the caffeine in most beverages, we recommend taking a look at the bottom of this article from nutritionist Joy Bauer.

      20. Coffee Fact or Coffee Myth: Drinking coffee can cause your breasts to shrink.

Answer: Fact

Okay, I know this sounds pretty crazy but a recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that women who drank three cups of coffee had smaller breasts than people who didn’t drink coffee. Even worse, each additional cup caused more loss. Before you start panicking, we aren’t talking bra cup sizes here but very minor shrinkage. Most researchers say, however, that women should not stop drinking coffee due to its other health benefits, but it should be consumed in moderation.

About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

22 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Liberty Boblett February 2, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

    I do not drink coffee, but I feel the same way about tea! I have to have unsweet iced tea all day long…Great article! I have learned a lot. I will tell my coffee drinking friends to read this!

  2. Life's A Bargain February 7, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Awesome list of facts and myths about coffee!

  3. Meghan February 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    This is great!  I was proved wrong and learned a bunch of great new things about coffee I can't wait to share with my friends!  I think the most shocking was that dark coffee doesn't have more caffiene and that coffee can help you remember!!

  4. Lisa Ehrman February 9, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    That's very interesting.  I didn't know that dark roast wasn't stronger, caffiene wise, than medium roast.

  5. Serena @ Get Your Life Straight February 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I seriously need to drink coffee if it means I will remember more! My memory is the WORSE! LOL

  6. Maddie K. February 13, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Very interesting. Many of the items that I thought were Fact are in fact, myth and that surprised me a LOT!

  7. Andrea Williams February 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    It's nice to see that coffee isn't quite as bad as I've always been told.  I couldn't do without it.

  8. Susan E. February 14, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Great list. I absolutely love coffee, although some days it doesn't seem to be working in the memory loss area, lol!

  9. Nancy Nugent February 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I learned and had reinforced that coffee, in moderation, is not necessarily bad, so I am going to sit down with the grands for lunch and have a cup of coffee while they have their milk.  🙂

  10. Kim L February 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Wow, I'm glad to hear all the benefits of drinking coffee since I drink 2 post a day.

  11. Diana C February 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Great article, I know a lot of people who drink coffee.  I drink some caffeine, but not a lot.

     

    Diana C

  12. Blenders On Sale February 22, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Great list of myths and facts about coffee.. There's so much confusion about the topic, thanks for sharing!

  13. NIcole Strunk March 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I love coffee! Thanks for posting these. I find them interesting. I am now going to blame my lack of boobs on my coffee habit.. LOL 

  14. Stacey Cockrell March 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I had no idea that coffee helped with memory. I think I need to up my coffee intake. 

  15. Maria Iemma April 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I love coffee – I did not know that it can help with stress and memory…way to go!

  16. Judith April 18, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Very interesting share. Coffee is a very good and healthy drink, in fact I love drinking it but most of the time I avoid it especially during sleeping time. One good thing about coffee is its aroma alone can give us a soothing and relaxing effect.

  17. L. Ehrman April 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Good list of facts and myths.  I love coffee.  I wish it helped with weight loss, though!

  18. md kennedy May 11, 2013 at 4:47 am - Reply

    I am a green tea addict, but do occasionally love a 'Bucks Grande Bold Soy Misto No Foam (my husband hates that – he thinks it sounds so pretentious!)  Good to know there is really nothing bad about it!

  19. puppybuzz June 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I've got way more boob than I need, but drink coffee all day so I must be an exception to the rule.  Nice to know my cup of coffee did not bring on my osteoarthritis also – Thank You so much for the article,

    Sylvia

  20. Gabriel Rossi August 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    It's good to hear that coffee does not cause ulcer, neither insomnia.

    I have to agree that a good cup of coffee helps me much study and work, and now I know that can reduce the risk of skin cancer!

  21. Tiffany September 13, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

    That last one is really really creepy! I've heard of a bunch of these but didn't know if they were true, so thank you for this article!

  22. Jessilee Raub November 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    This was a very interesting post, I am a big coffee drinker and it was neat to see the different facts and myths, especially #20 : )

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