Caffeine-Less Coffee: Decaf Coffee

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Decaf coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Caffeine, the active ingredient of coffee is one of the reasons for its popularity.

Despite its popularity, caffeine raises some health concerns. For example, pregnant women are asked to reduce their caffeine intake.

Some people choose or have to limit the amount of caffeine they take every day, and a way to do this is to drink decaf coffee.

What is Decaf?

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Decaf is an abbreviation for decaffeinated coffee. It is like regular coffee, only with the caffeine taken out of it. The decaffeination process happens on coffee beans before they are roasted or ground. However, the taste and smell of decaf coffee are milder.

Decaf Does Contain Caffeine

Does it mean that decaf coffee does not contain caffeine at all? The response is no. The decaffeination process takes out 97% to 99% of the caffeine from coffee beans, depending on whether Robusta or Arabic coffee beans are used. Indeed, Arabica coffee beans generally have lesser caffeine than Robusta. However, a certain amount of caffeine remains in the decaf.

Health Benefits of Decaf

Health benefits

In the United States, coffee is the best source of antioxidants for most people. Antioxidants reduce the chance of major diseases such as liver cirrhosis, cancer, diabetics, or cardiovascular diseases. However, the stimulant benefits of caffeine such as enhancement of memory and intelligence are not present in decaf.

Who Should Take Decaf

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Persons who are intolerant to caffeine, people who take certain medications, and pregnant women should choose decaf over regular coffee.

Excessive consumption of coffee causes problems in the central nervous system like, for example, restlessness or anxiety. It may also cause digestive problems, heart arrhythmia or sleeping troubles. Decaf enables to overcome these problems.