Coffee has been one of the most popular drinks in the world. Many people enjoy drinking it; its smell and taste bring pleasing atmosphere to the table – and it is mostly consumed within friends and family, which is one more reason why people love drinking it.
Science has proven that coffee is also good for our health. Up to 400 milligrams of coffee per day can improve your health in many ways.
- Improves mood, memory, and mental functions
- Enhances athletic performance
- Reduces risk of depression and suicidal thoughts among women
- Lowers risk of liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes type 2
However, some people want to limit their caffeine intake for some reasons. It can cause heart arrhythmia, high pressure, digestive problems, anxiety, trouble sleeping or cause restlessness. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to limit their caffeine intake, as well as children and adolescents. In this case, their choice may be decaffeinated coffee or tea.
Decaffeinated coffee or decaf
This type of coffee has 97% less caffeine than a regular coffee – about 0-7 milligrams per cup. The caffeine is being removed via few processes involved. It may be washed or steamed with water or decaffeinated using chemical process. These processes occur before beans are roasted. In the first case, coffee beans are soaked or steamed with water, so the caffeine is extracted out from the beans.
Another way to decaffeinate coffee beans uses chemical solvents, which may residue on the beans. This involves cleaning, two pretreatments, extraction, drying/cooling, polishing and results in decaffeinated coffee beans which still have little amounts of caffeine in it.
This coffee has different taste than the regular one and, although many people enjoy drinking it, many others say that the taste isn’t the same at all. The reason is apparently because decaf coffee beans are highly acidic which may cause some health problems.
Nutrients and Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances with big health benefits and are present in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Decaf coffee has a lower amount of antioxidants than a regular coffee, as they are lost within the decaffeination process (about 15% less).
It also contains magnesium, potassium, niacin and vitamin B3, which are nutrients needed within the body.
Views about decaf coffee health effects also vary. Many connect it with numerous health benefits, which are connected to antioxidants and its active substances. However, decaf coffee isn’t proved healthy yet – most of the research include only regular coffee.
Decaf or Regular cup of coffee
One of the most recent discoveries in the Brazil is a coffee variety which is naturally decaffeinated. This coffee beans are grown in Brazil and are huge potential for the coffee market. Though it is still in the project phase, this is a big step forward in the decaffeinated coffee industry. It should lead to unchanged coffee taste without any caffeine – it would certainly become a revolutionary discovery!
Although many of the claims are yet to prove, it is true that regular coffee has several advantages over decaf. The advantage is also that many of the virtues of regular coffee are already proven, while decaf facts are yet to be determined. If you don’t have trouble with caffeine want to have a cup of coffee make the regular one – you will surely enjoy in its original smell and aroma. Otherwise, find a decaf that suits your taste best.
Anyway, the most important thing is not to forget what coffee is about – enjoying its wonderful taste and the company around us; and, yes, to stay concentrated a little longer!