Coffee Myth: It Makes You Pee


And why coffee myths matter.

The following post is based on an edited LinkedIn post by William (Bill) Murray, NCA President & CEO. See the original post

Recently, there has been interesting coverage in Runner’s World about drinking coffee and exercise, examining the “common wisdom” that coffee makes you pee, and can be a harmful dietetic before a workout.

The science reviewed by RW concluded that coffee “has no impact upon hydration potential or the ability to retain fluid of beverages” (or, is not a diuretic) at standard amounts of around 400 milligrams (mg) — around a 20 oz. cup.

Researchers suggested that the simple volume of fluid consumed may have caused the uric association, rather than an inherent characteristic of coffee.

[Ed. note: However, other bathroom matters may be a different story.]

Why Coffee Myths Matter

There is a lot of independent scientific research on coffee and health as part of a healthy lifestyle. Time and again, the evidence shows that that shows coffee may offer a lot of potential health benefits.

Yet coffee still suffers from an undeserved bad reputation. This is for several reasons, including some sloppy science, biased self-reporting, and persistent negative cultural associations. (There have even been attempts to ban the beverage through history.)

This is one reason that the National Coffee Association (NCA) is working with a team of scientists and medical experts to address a compendium of common coffee myths. We’re seeking out third-party, independent research and scientific meta-analyses to challenge what everybody “knows” about coffee.

No matter what the headlines say today, people clearly love their coffee. But over time, these misconceptions may stop them from reaching for a refill — despite the fact that’s where some of the benefits may start to kick in. (While everyone metabolizes caffeine differently, researchers generally recommend around 3-5 cups a day.)

Health and nutrition doesn’t occur in a vacuum. And good decisions need accurate information.

Plus, coffee has been helping you for years and years. Isn’t it time for somebody to help coffee? 

See the original post on LinkedIn

Check out more common coffee myths

Related reading: Behind the Headlines: Coffee, Health, and Research


Please note: The content of this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing medical advice or guidance. Consult a doctor with any specific questions or concerns. 


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