10 July 2009


People with certain medical conditions, including high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia, as well as those taking certain prescription medications are advised to avoid or limit caffeine.

Sticking to decaf isn't going to eliminate caffeine from your coffee. Researchers say that even though the caffeine content of decaffeinated coffee is low, people can develop a dependence on it. There's about 1/10 of the caffeine found in an 8 oz. cup of regular coffee which contains about 85 milligrams of caffeine.

How is coffee decaffeinated?

  1. Using organic chemical solvents (methylene chloride or ethyl acetate)
  2. Using carbon dioxide
  3. Using water (know as the Swiss Water method)

Most people who drink decaffeinated coffee believe it's better for them than regular coffee even though coffee has been cleared of nearly all health charges. Is decaf healthier than regular coffee? Does the decaffeinating process process itself present a health risk?

Remember: decaffeinated does not mean caffeine free.