The downside of drinking decaf -

The downside of drinking decaf

Here's a warning for coffee drinkers out there: Did you switch to decaf for health reasons? Well, listen up… decaffeinated coffee is not entirely caffeine-free and it often contains very strong solvent chemicals. Our wellness expert has the details you need to know.

If you've switched to decaf thinking that you are doing something good for your body, Peggy Hall has got some startling news. It turns out that decaf may not be that good for you after all.

Some of the same chemicals that are used to strip the caffeine from the coffee are also found in nail polish remover and paint thinner!

Also, some people don't realize that a cup of coffee actually contains small amounts of fat even before you add the cream. The Robusta beans which are used for decaf actually have more fat and more acid then the Arabica beans that are used for regular coffee.

There is something called Swiss water processing and this removes the caffeine with a natural carbon filter instead of harsh chemicals. Now keep in mind that even decaf coffee still has small amounts of caffeine. The problem becomes when you are drinking pot after pot of decaf, because, well, it's decaf.

More and more evidence suggests that high amounts of decaf can put you at risk for osteoporosis joint pain and even insulin resistance because it robs your body of calcium, iron and vitamins B and C.

"A cup or two of decaf a day is fine, just look for the Swiss water process," says Peggy. "And remember, treat yourself well. You deserve it!"

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