3 Caffeine Myths That You Can Ignore
December 5, 2017 beninguide 0 Comments
There are many myths about caffeine. One of them, caffeine can disturb the heart rhythm. Is that so? Here are three of the most commonly heard about caffeine and recent studies that refute it.
1. Caffeine doesn’t interfere with your heart rate
According to a study conducted in January 2016 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, routine caffeine consumption did not show an increase in heart rate.
The researchers interviewed nearly 1,400 adults regarding their intake of coffee, tea, and chocolate. Later, the researchers monitor the heart function of the participants for a full year.
Nothing is surprising, that 61 percent of participants spend more than one type of caffeine product every day. As a result, the researchers found no change in heart function among participants who consume caffeine.
“Clinical recommendations suggest that regular consumption of caffeine products can disrupt the cardiac rhythm to be reconsidered, as it would be contradictory to suggest not to consume chocolate, coffee, or tea that has the benefit of cardiac health,” said senior researcher Gregory Marcus, MD, on a statement.
2. Caffeine doesn’t make the body dehydrated
A study conducted in 2014 and published on PLOS One found that moderate caffeine consumption did not make the body dehydrated. In fact, it gives a hydration quality similar to water.
In two small studies, UK researchers asked 50 adult men to drink four cups of coffee or water daily for three days. The researchers found that men who drank coffee did not show significant changes in body fluids as a whole, size of body mass, and urine volume.
3. Caffeine doesn’t constantly affect the baby
November 2015 study at the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who consume moderately caffeine during pregnancy do not affect baby intelligence or baby’s weight in the future. This is contrary to what many people have believed.
“Overall, we consider the results we get from this study to assure that pregnant women can consume moderate coffee or equivalent to one to two cups of coffee a day,” said Sarah Keim, PhD, partner and investigative head at the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in a statement.