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Q.

Is decaff okay?

Is it ok to drink 3 large cups of decaff a day with semi skim milk? I know caffeine is a diuretic and can affect weight loss, but I'm not sure if drinking this much decaff is good for me either? But it's decaff so is it ok?

A.

Our expert says...

Hello there,

Thank you for your question. You are right that there are drawbacks to drinking coffee, as it has been linked to numerous health problems, such as tiredness and headaches, and the caffeine in it can also over-stimulate the body.

Drinking large amounts of coffee, over a prolonged time period, can also upset blood sugar levels, which can eventually lead to weight gain. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal gland to release adrenaline - this is why we so often have a cup when we need a pick-me-up. Adrenaline has the effect of increasing blood glucose levels to ensure your body has enough energy to cope with any emergency situation which may arise, such as running away. If this circulating blood glucose is not used up as fuel, insulin removes it from the blood and can store it as fat.

However, decaffeinated coffee obviously contains a lot less caffeine and, because of this, has less of an effect on the body. However, decaff coffee still contains some milder stimulants, called theobromine and theophyline, so decaff coffee isn't exactly stimulant free. In addition to this, a lot of chemicals can be used in the processing of the product too.

Having said all of that, we all have to have some pleasures in life (especially when trying to lose weight!) and if you enjoy your 3 cups a day I would say continue! Just make sure you balance your overall diet with healthy eating and drink plenty of water. If you are not doing this already, it is a good idea to use the water meter to make sure you drink sufficient water each day.

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