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Is Decaf Coffee Bad For You?

by Fabian Jackson

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We know that caffeine gets a bad rep and it comes with plenty of its own health benefits – so what does this mean for decaf coffee? Is the stuff bad for you and if so, why? Keep reading to find out. 

Why is caffeine good for me again? 

If you missed our blog post on the health benefits of caffeine then it’s worth a read! Check it out here, but some of the highlights include heightened concentration and a boosted metabolism. 

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How do they decaffeinate coffee?

There are three main ways of decaffeination:

  • Using water 
  • Using liquid carbon dioxide
  • Using a chemical solvent 

Is drinking decaf coffee bad for you?

Whilst the water and CO2 methods of producing decaf coffee are deemed completely safe, methylene chloride is ‘controversial in some circles.’ However, the FDA states ‘that the trace amounts you get in decaf coffee is too minuscule to affect your health’.

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Is drinking too much decaf coffee bad for you?

Whilst the most notable effect might be the lack of health benefits attributed to caffeine there are some potential side effects to drinking a few too many decafs. These include

  • Eroded enamel and stained teeth
  • Going to the toilet a lot
  • Finding it harder to lose weight
  • Developing an iron deficiency 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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