Here are some of the most popular myths about coffee that are not true, no matter how badly you want them to be.
Late Evening Coffee Will Keep You Awake All Night
No one likes to be restless at night. And because people are so worried about not being able to sleep soundly each night, they stop making coffee at some strange point in the day. Many people refuse to touch a drop of coffee if it's the afternoon at all. Yes, caffeine is a stimulant, but the majority of the caffeine you enjoy in the afternoon is fully processed in your body immediately and all of it is flushed out within a few hours. You might not want to have coffee at 11 p.m. if you're planning on falling asleep at 11:30 p.m., but other than that, you should be good.
Enough Cups of Coffee Will Help You Lose Weight
Although caffeine's stimulating effects can cause a slight increase in your metabolism, it doesn't really do anything for your diet or long-term weight loss. Coffee helps reduce your desire to eat for a little while, but you'll end up making up for that missed eating opportunity later on. It's important to also keep in mind that certain types of specialty coffees can have a significant amount of fat and sugar in them, which will lead to weight gain rather than weight loss.
Coffee is Dehydrating
No, it's really not. This is one of the most popular myths about coffee but it's just that: a myth. Drinking coffee is not going to dehydrate you because coffee is primarily water, with a little extra, but water nonetheless, and water certainly plays a roll in your daily fluid (water) intake. According to the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found no evidence that consumption of coffee leads to a loss of fluids.
Coffee is wonderful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Enjoy your coffee and stop spreading rumors.