What do you know about coffee? The answer to 5 facts and fables

What do you know about coffee? The answer to 5 facts and fables
What do you know about coffee? The answer to 5 facts and fables

The black gold, a cup of coffee, comfort or slobber: just a selection of the names we have for a cup of coffee. The energizing drink plays a major role in our lives. Nevertheless, there are still many fables about this subject floating around on the internet. What to believe, and what not to?

Subway talked to several experts to uncover the truth.

5 facts and fables about coffee

1. Coffee isn’t nearly as addictive as we think

Is a cup of coffee part of your daily startup routine? Then it may just be that you think you are addicted to the caffeinated drink. But is it really as addictive as it is said? Nutritionist and epidemiologist Trudy Voortman thinks not. She recalls: “When we talk about addiction, we tend to speak of substance abuse problems. Addictions are often bad for your health or for your social contacts. That is not the case with coffee, a few cups a day is actually healthy!”

She considers drinking coffee every day a habit rather than an addiction. “It fits perfectly in a healthy diet. We also associate the drink in the morning with waking up nicely and getting up cheerfully. It has really become a standard morning ritual.” In addition, any withdrawal symptoms are often mild and do not occur in everyone.

Fact or fable about coffee: coffee isn’t nearly as addictive as we think

2. Drinking coffee in the morning dries out your body

Is it bad to start the day with a cup of coffee, or does this actually dry out your body? Subway presented it to food scientist Vincenzo Fogliano. “Starting the day with just a cup of coffee certainly can’t hurt,” he says. Both a glass of water and a cup of coffee benefit your fluid balance. “Remember that 95 percent of coffee is made up of water.”

Fact or fiction about coffee? Drinking coffee in the morning dries out your body

4. How (un)healthy is drinking coffee every day?

If you indeed start every day with a cup of coffee, then you probably also want to know how (un)healthy it actually is to drink coffee at all. We also presented this to epidemiologist and food scientist Trudy Voortman. “Studies show that a few cups a day is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fewer strokes and a variety of other chronic diseases.”

Still, according to Voortman, it remains difficult to say exactly which substance makes the drink so healthy. “That is the case with many foods. In the case of broccoli, we also do not know exactly which substance from the broccoli is so healthy. Rather, it is a combination of different substances and antioxidants, and that is always more complex than we think.” And good news for the decaf coffee drinkers: these health benefits also apply to a caffeine-free cup of coffee.

Fact or fable about coffee: how (un)healthy is drinking coffee every day?

4. The maximum number of cups of coffee per day is 3

Coffee is good for your health, according to many studies. But how much is too much? Voortman: “Studies show that a few cups of coffee a day is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fewer strokes and all kinds of other chronic diseases. Most studies clearly show the lower risk of these diseases at about four to five cups a day.”

In addition, she says that we do not know whether better effects occur with more coffee, because little research has been done on a maximum number of cups per day. In addition, an excessive amount of caffeine in the body is not desirable. Some are more sensitive to caffeine than others. If you take a lot of caffeine, you can become restless or sleep worse, because the alertness that the caffeine provides can be overestimated. That is often experienced as unpleasant.”

Fact or fiction about coffee? The maximum number of cups of coffee per day is 3

5. Does a cup of coffee cure a hangover?

We conclude these facts and fables with an article from another series, namely fact and fable about alcohol. Still, it fits well in this article, because the question is: ‘Does a cup of coffee cure a hangover?’ Subway asked Judith Noijen, senior prevention expert at Jellinek. “I often hear that people think it helps with a hangover,” she says. “But unfortunately I have to disappoint these people: there is no miracle cure for a hangover. Neither is coffee.”

You can read more facts and fables about alcohol in this article: 4 facts and fables about alcohol: which ones should you not believe (anymore)? You can find other articles on topics such as health on our Health category page.

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