Having embarked on a more healthy lifestyle, you opt for decaf coffee as part of reducing the amount of caffeine you consume. So you order decaf when you get a coffee. Is this better or worse?
It’s probably happened multiple times, you try to be good with a decaf and someone outlines to you why decaf is worse than the original, spoiling your otherwise relaxing coffee. People note that all sorts of things happen with decaf coffee to make it worse for your body that just caffeine. The rule of thumb at the end of the day seems to be that there is no secret recipe to drinking as much coffee as you want. Decaf is not actually public enemy number one as some might suggest, but too much of it is also a problem.
Decaf basically is not decaffeinated, well not completely anyway. It is coffee from beans that have had at least 97 percent of their caffeine removed. The caffeine is removed by immersing the beans in water, solvents (usually organic ones) or even carbon dioxide. The nutritional value of coffee is low anyway, and this also applies to decaf, the difference is you get less caffiene. The taste can differ a little and most coffee snobs will turn their nose up at the decaf version of their beloved beverage.
Your bog standard cup of coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine, but decaf only around 3, so there is quite some difference in the amount you take in with each cup. If you are someone who drinks coffee a few times a day, the decaf option could be an attractive one, especially if you are making efforts to cut down.
It comes back to the same old mantra, a little bit of everything is ok, but moderation is still the ticket to a healthier you.