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The Pros and Cons of Decaf

I would still drink coffee daily, regardless of its new status as a health drink; I love the taste. Full of antioxidants and performance enhancing caffeine, the reasons to drink a cup of joe go far beyond merely enjoying the flavor of this distinct brew. If caffeinated coffee gives you the jitters you can still reap the health benefits of java. Decaf coffee contains the same amount of antioxidants of regular coffee. As an extra bonus to drinking decaf, it does not increase the risk of miscarriage that is associated with caffeine. Drinking decaf, however, will not improve your improve reaction time, mental acuity, alertness, and mood or ward off drowsiness the way regular coffee does because those benefits are caffeine related.

In the recent past, there have been health concerns about the methods of removing the caffeine from coffee beans. These concerns were based on the solvents used in the decaffeinating process, but the carcinogenic chemicals are no longer used. If you want to go chemical free look for decaf that has been water processed or Swiss processed – both methods are considered natural.

Go ahead and have a cup of decaf!


sweetpea74127 sweetpea74127 4 years
I still like coffee, but caffeinated coffee often left me with that crash and burn feeling. Lately, I've been doing a little research on caffeine and the search results pretty much lead me to switch to decaf. Although decaf is an acquired taste, I will get use to it just like I did with coffee in general. Anyway, caffeine, refined sugars, and alcohol robbs the body from absorbing essential hormones and nutrients/vitamins. One vitamin that I religiously take is B Complex. I need it to help keep me afloat for my 10 hour workdays, Monday - Friday. I'm noticing a difference without caffeine. I am able to maintain active energy levels throughout the day without that crash and burn feeling that caffeine and refined sugars give me. I think caffeine will no longer be an option for me.
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
I love coffee..
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
Fit- coffee is sometimes decaffeinated with co2 which is also considered natural. Lindira- coffee has to contain less than 3% caffeine to be considered decaf. I think it usually has less. Also, the different decaffeination processes affect the flavor differently. I think water process generally alters the flavor more than CO2, methyl chloride and ethyl acetate.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Mornings without coffee are not good mornings. Decaf tastes like sewer water.
Lindira Lindira 9 years
I love coffee. I've tried to give it up a few times (to cut back on caffeine or for Lent), but there are just those days when I need a little pick-me-up, and it's right there in my cup again. Then with flavored creamer and sugar? YUM. Though, FYI, decaf still has a little bit of caffeine in it, just not nearly as much as regular. And it tastes different to me too... but that might be all in my head.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No coffee for me...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love the taste of coffee and I love to drink it at night, but I always opt for decaf because I don't want to be wired before bed. I'm really glad to know that it has all the same antioxidants as regular coffee. Plus, you can drink it when you're pregnant, so how cool is that??
rpenner rpenner 9 years
i would probably die without coffee
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