Coffee is the everyday drink of many people around the world perhaps it can raise lots of questions about if it’s good or not drink coffee. Many people think that decaf coffee is better than regular coffee but some don’t believe in it.
Is decaf coffee caffeine-free?
Short answer, no. Simply put decaf coffee is coffee which coffee beams had most of their caffeine removed. How much? Around at least 97%. So it does have caffeine, but very few. How few can vary from the brand, it can be around 0 to 15 mg per cup.
How is Decaf Coffee made? Decaf coffee is mostly made by removing the caffeine in the coffee beans before toasting them. The process of removing the caffeine from the coffee beans usually soak the untoasted coffee beans on water but water alone is not enough cause it also removes some compounds like some proteins of the coffee together with the caffeine To complete the process other chemicals are added to the water such as activated charcoal, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, and others. Using these substances accelerate the process which reduces the loss of non-caffeine compounds What are the disadvantages of decaf coffee? One of the things that most concern people about decaf coffee is the fact that manufacturers use methylene chloride.
This substance is —–toxic—– and inhaling this substance can slow down the central nervous system temporarily and may lead to some other problems like headaches, irritability, and others. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of methylene chloride as long as the final product contains a maximum of 10 ppm (parts per million) of the substance.
And its benefits? There are many benefits linked to drink coffee like reduce the risk of prostate cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, and many others. The only problem though is that most of the studies done around this topic usually look up to regular coffee and very few studies focus on decaf coffee. Perhaps some studies suggest that drinking two to four cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular cancer The surest benefit of drinking decaf coffee is that it is a great option for people that want to avoid a high level of caffeine intake. A regular cup of coffee contains around 70 to 140 mg of caffeine against 0 to 15 mg of caffeine in decaf coffee.
In conclusion. The lack of researches done focused on decaf coffee makes it harder to determine if its, in fact, good or bad. This left us with only speculations around the topic. Many research linked the consumption of coffee to lower risks of developing multiple types of cancer as well as many other diseases. The only problem is that those results may change due to the lack of caffeine and also the decaffeination process. For now, the only thing that we can be sure about decaf coffee is that it contains less caffeine than regular coffee. This is a very important point for children, teenagers, pregnant women, and people who can’t take a lot of caffeine.