Three Coffee Myths and Facts

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 13, 2011 · 0 comments

Do you drink coffee regularly? How much do you know about it? Test yourself here!

True or false? Coffee causes high blood pressure

True and false! Moderate intakes of regular coffee have no effect on blood pressure readings, but habitual high intakes can cause a rise in blood pressure.

True or false? Caffeine is dehydrating

False. Caffeine does have a mild dehydrating effect, but no where as strong as once believed. Exercise experts now feel caffeinated drinks can be counted as part of the daily fluid intake.

True or false? Caffeine is habit forming

True. Researchers agree caffeine triggers a physical dependence but not an addiction because it is very easy to break the habit. Some people experience mild withdrawal symptoms when they abruptly stop caffeine. These symptoms can be greatly reduced if they simply wean themselves from caffeine over a period of time.

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