What is the difference between decaf and regular coffee? 

In this brief article we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between decaf and regular coffee?”, and discuss what decaf is, composition and benefits of decaf. We will also discuss what regular coffee is and the benefits and potential health risks of regular coffee and how much caffeine is present in decaf and regular coffee.

What is the difference between decaf and regular coffee?

The difference between decaf and regular coffee is that decaf has large amounts of caffeine removed during its production and processing while regular coffee contains large amounts of caffeine. 

What is decaf coffee?

Decaf coffee is a type of coffee from which a large quantity of caffeine is removed by steaming unroasted beans of cocoa and then rinsing the beans to remove and wsh away caffeine. Sometimes, these cocoa beans are soaked in hot water for long periods of time. 

After soaking or rinsing, cocoa beans are then dried and roasted like regular coffee and only about 1% caffeine remains.

What are the health benefits of decaf coffee?

Decaf coffee regulates high blood pressure which can be stimulated by the consumption of caffeine. Decaf has cancer fighting properties due to the presence of caffeic acids. The presence of dicaffeoylquinic acid protects the body from free radicals. 

Decaf is also beneficial to regulate blood pressure and the prevention of type II diabetes because of the presence of chlorogenic acid. Decaf is helpful against inflammation in the body and protects from UV light rays, parkinsons and Alzhemiers due to the presence of substances known as ferulic acids.

Decaf has a protective effect in reducing levels of liver enzymes in blood suggesting its role in the prevention and risk of liver disease. Decaf is also linked with significant but small decrease in the risk of premature deaths and miscarriages.

What are the potential risks of decaf?

Potential risks of decaf include increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol because it contains non-esterified fatty acids which are formed during the processing of decaf. The increase in bad cholesterol is also due to a rise in a specific protein called apo-lipoprotein B – which is associated with LDL cholesterol.

Decaf is acidic and can cause disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, osteoporosis, loss of minerals from the body and blood and high cortisol levels.

What is regular coffee?

Regular coffee is coffee with cream and 2 sugars. Regular coffee can also mean coffee with caffeine, or black coffee.

What are the health benefits of regular coffee?

There are many health benefits of regular coffee.

Coffee is beneficial for the body to produce energy by breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats because it contains vitamin B2. Coffee also contains pantothenic acid known as vitamin B5 which is helpful in making new blood cells. It contains manganese which reduces inflammation because it acts as an antioxidant.

Coffee contains some levels of potassium which makes it beneficial to alleviate water retention, lowering blood pressure and for good bone health in patients with kidney disorders. 

Coffee is beneficial to relieve anxiety, improves bone health, reduces stress and burden and also makes the person active and aware.

Coffee is also related to age-related mental decline by protecting neurons of the brain and therefore preventing the development of neurodegenerative disorders like dementia, alzheimers and parkinsons.

What are the potential health risks of regular coffee?

Potential risks of drinking regular coffee include heartburn, acid reflux and 52% increase in the risk of colorectal cancer. Bad quality coffee can have impurities which can conversely cause headaches, when coffee is made from beans that have been ruined or burned.

High doses of caffeine are lethal to the body and can also cause insomnia and restlessness.

Caffeine during pregnancy is dangerous to the baby and can cause birth defects, pre mature birth or miscarriages. 

How much caffeine is present in decaf and regular coffee?

Caffeine present in decaf is about 7 mg. Caffeine present in regular coffee is 70 mg.

Conclusion

In this brief article we answered the question,”What is the difference between decaf and regular coffee?”, and discussed what decaf is, composition and benefits of decaf. We also discussed what regular coffee is and the benefits and potential health risks of regular coffee and how much caffeine is present in decaf and regular coffee.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/decaf-coffee-good-or-bad
https://blog.warriorcoffee.com/blog/12-health-benefits-and-6-disadvantages-of-coffee-smashing-it

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.