Caffeine found in coffee is often the concern of most health buffs which gives them reason to shift to decaffeinated coffee. This is due to the fact that decaffeinated coffee was initially introduced as a healthier choice over regular coffee. Later studies however revealed that caffeine which undergoes the process of decaffeination makes use of chemical compounds that are harmful to the body. Examples of these chemical compounds are diterpenes, caffeol and chlorogenic acid. Decaffeinated coffee contains these harmful chemical compounds even if caffeine is lowered to its minimum level. This was proven in recent studies that regular coffee as well as decaffeinated coffee is capable of upsetting the health conditions of drinkers.
During the decaffeination process, harmful solvents are added to produce decaffeinated coffee. It involves the use of ethyl acetate or methylene chloride as part of the method of decaffeination. In most cases, around eighty percent of decaffeinated coffee is processed using solvents. To date, studies have yet to prove and directly pinpoint the harmful effects of these solvents in the human body. Certain studies hint that methylene chloride is carcinogenic or cancer causing agent while the decaffeination process does not totally eliminate the solvents that were used since residues still remains.
To eliminate the use of solvents in creating decaffeinated coffee, the Swiss or European water process was invented. This particular process uses pure water coming from British Columbia, Canada to extract caffeine from coffee beans by as much as 99.9%. Also, said process is known to retain the distinct flavor and aroma of coffee. Although caffeine was removed from the coffee beans, remember that there are still other chemical compounds that remain which can be equally harmful to the body.
One should be well aware of the adverse effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee, as to how its characteristics have adverse metabolic consequences to increase acidity, cause heart attack and promote rheumatoid arthritis. Its effects can also create tremors or involuntary shaking of hands while too much acid in the stomach can increase the incidence of acid reflux. Nonetheless, if it ‘s any consolation, recent studies show that rheumatoid arthritis is attributable to coffee only if a person drinks over four cups of decaffeinated coffee in a single day.
Now that you know that coffee has some adverse effects to the body, it’s probably high time to kick the coffee habit. It would be better to find other beverages that can eliminate your craving for coffee such as water, natural juice and other healthy beverages. This way, you are assured that your medical condition will not be affected by caffeine and other chemical compounds present in coffee.