The Danger of Decaf

For a variety of reasons, most of them health-related, many people find themselves relegated to drinking decaffeinated coffee. Perhaps your doctor recommended it. Or maybe you want some coffee in the evening, but don’t want to be up all night. So decaf it is.

One common mistake is thinking that since it’s decaf, you’re free to indulge. The truth is that decaf is not totally free of caffeine. Depending on the decaffeination process that was used, it may contain as much as 1/3 the caffeine content of regular coffee. So, instead of having two or three cups of decaf, you could enjoy just one cup of regular coffee with the same effect. In all things, there is balance to be had. If your doctor recommended the decaf, maybe ask for more clarification about how much caffeine is okay.

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