The Dangers Of Decaffeinated Coffee

Coffee BeansWhen people first embark on the EAT Smart Diet Solution they often ask if they can replace their regular caffeinated coffee with decaf siting that “they cannot function without their morning cuppa”

And I know exactly how they feel, I love a large cappuccino and have spent many an hour in my favorite coffee shop drinking their large cappuccinos. The problem is I can’t stop at one “large cap” per day and will often drink up to 4 to 5 large cappuccinos per day. That is a massive amount of caffeine to be drinking on a daily basis.

The problem is, caffeine consumption is not exactly healthy. Not only is it extremely addictive, that’s one of the reasons that when I start drinking my large cuppa java I want to drink more which left me feeling lethargic gave me headaches and ruined my sleep, but it has a laundry list of side effects that can lead to various other health issues such as an accelerated heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, tremors, restlessness and difficulty sleeping.

Caffeine is a neurostimulant and accelerates the brains conversion of energy, this is why you feel energised. It’s a bit like turning the energiser bunny up to full. Trouble is the batteries will quickly run out and you’ll need another hit of caffeine when you hit the energy slump. Eventually this leads to addiction.

Caffeine also has a devastating effect of the body’s stress response system and particularly on the hormones cortisol and adrenalin. During human evolution these hormones would have been activated during a life or death situation i.e. fleeing from a saber toothed tiger or battling with other tribes.

Trouble is sitting in a coffee shop or at your desk at work is hardly life threatening situations but the hormonal response is just the same. Because cortisol helps the liver to liberate glucose for energy you get a massive blood sugar rush that would have given us the energy to run from that saber toothed tiger or fight it out for survival. But because you are sat at your desk you don’t burn off the glucose. Elevated glucose levels are detrimental to good health and so your body releases insulin from the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to store glucose, either in the liver and muscles. Think of the liver and muscles as the petrol tank for the body. However if the petrol tank is full the excess glucose is getting convert to belly fat. So not only have you potentially stored the glucose as belly fat the resulting blood sugar crash is going to leave you craving sugary foods. Not good if you are drinking caffeine to lose weight!! The key to losing fat fast and safely is by stabilising your blood sugar levels and not causing a high blood sugar/low blood sugar roller coaster that leaves you feeling exhausted and craving sugary foods.

Caffeine Increases The Risk Of Miscarriage

In a study of 1,063 women by De-Kun Li, M.D and published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that women who drank more than 200mg of caffeine per day more than doubled their risk of miscarriage when compared to women who abstained from caffeine consumption during pregnancy.

If that isn’t bad enough, decaf isn’t any better. In fact it’s probably worse!!

Decaffeinated coffee should really be referred to as low-caffeine coffee because the decaffeination process does not remove all of the caffeine. The decaffeination process typically removes around 97% of the caffeine from the coffee bean. Drinking 5-10 cups of decaf has the equivalent amount of caffeine as drinking one to two cups of ‘normal’ coffee; therefore you are still at risk of the side effects of regular coffee

How Is The Caffeine Removed

There are three methods usually used to remove the caffeine from coffee beans: using chemical solvents (methylene chloride or ethyl acetate), carbon dioxide, or the water method (also known as the Swiss Water method).

skull-and-crossbonesMethelyne Chloride is often used as a solvent in paint strippers, as an aerosol propellant, a degreaser in manufacturing, and paint stripper. It is also found in spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, glues, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, painting products, rust removers, and some automotive products.

Methelyne chloride is a known carcinogen and is toxic to your lungs. Repeated exposure to methelyne chloride can increase your risk of developing cancer

Regular exposure to methylene chloride also affects the nervous system and can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, clumsiness, drowsiness, and other effects like those of being drunk. These effects on the nervous system can be permanent if exposure levels are high, or if they occur frequently over months or years.

Upon ingestion Methelyne Chloride is converted to carbon monoxide in the body. Since carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen delivery exposure to methelyne chloride can make angina and other heart symptoms worse in people with heart disease. People with lung conditions, smokers, and people who are overweight or pregnant also may be more sensitive to methylene chloride.

Pregnant or lactating women should steer clear of coffee that has been decaffeinated using methelyne chloride. If it is inhaled or absorbed through the skin is can reach the developing fetus through the placenta, and it can enter breast milk.

Coffee Consumption And Osteoporosis

 Your blood and most of your body tissues are alkaline. This alkaline environment deters the growth of pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Both decaf and regular coffee are extremely acidic beverages, especially if you use lots or sugar, artificial sweeteners and cows milk. Regular consumption of both types of coffee places your body into an acidity crisis, which forces your body to release calcium from your bones to maintain proper pH balance. An over acid internal environment is a leading cause of many degenerative diseases including: arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia osteoporosis and calcification of blood vessels and tissues. Cancer also thrives in an acidic environment but doesn’t survive in a normal more alkaline environment. Therefore reducing your consumption of acid forming foods reduces your risk of developing this deadly disease.

In summary, while I love a cappuccino on a regular basis, except when I’m 100% compliant to the EAT Smart Diet Solution rules, I highly recommend that you reduce or eliminate your caffeine consumption.

Because when you do you’ll have better energy, better sleep and reduce you’re the chances of gaining belly fat as well as reduce the risk or chronic lifestyle diseases.

The best way to get rid of the caffeine is just to go cold turkey, however a word of caution: you may suffer from severe headaches for a few days as your body fights the addiction as well as learn to depend on it’s on fat stores for energy instead of the artificial energy from the caffeine.

If you are a mega caffeine addict it may be wise to reduce your caffeine intake slowly to reduce the risk of headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Further reading: for more information about what to expect when you detoxify from caffeine and other toxic foods click the link for The Healing Crisis




Marc Kent author EAT Smart Diet Solution



Author: EAT Smart Diet Solution