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Is decaffeinated coffee actually good for you?

Answered on November 07, 2014
Created April 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Months ago I had some decaffeinated coffee everyday(about 2 cups) and I started to notice something. My right eye started twitching uncontrollably at random times. It was crazy. So I stopped drinking the coffee and the twitching stopped immediately. Do any of you else have this happen to you? After a while I just said to myself who cares and drank regular organic coffee that isn't decaffeinated and my eyes never twitch. I stopped drinking coffee for several months and had some this week. Still no eye twitches. I will not be drinking decaf ever again. I've read somewhere before that it's not only caffeine that is a stimulant in coffee but there are other compounds in it that act similar so decaf is kind of pointless I would think. I would also like to ask you all, I dont drink coffee to keep me awake/alert or anything. I just love how it smells/tastes. Is there anything else I can drink that will satisfy my taste for coffee? Hot cocoa?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:40 PM

I don't think anyone actually uses those chemicals anymore to decaffeinate, everyone one I read about now uses superfluid CO2 which is totally inert. I still prefer caffeinated because it tasted better.

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on November 01, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I agree wholeheartedly. I find decaffeinated coffee doesn't sit right with me, I always feel a little nauseous afterwards, and I've had the eye twitches as well. So I switched to dandelion root tea and other herbal teas which are naturally caffeine free and they're fantastic and healthy.

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on April 29, 2012
at 08:29 AM

I dont remember where I read it but here is wikepedia's link for some similar info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_coffee

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 01, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Part of your question was about substitutes for coffee. At times I avoided coffee, I very often enjoyed coffee substitutes. These typically consist of various roasted things, like grains, chicory, and other spices ("warm" sweet spices like ones you'd find in chai tea). They brewed up rich, "roasty," and flavorful, and I especially enjoyed them with cream. They hit a lot if the same notes as coffee--but they do not actually taste just like it. But they satisfied the craving, and they were delicious in their own right.

Unfortunately, most had roasted barley or rye, which are gluten grains. But gluten-free is all the rage, and a quick Google found this: Ersatz Coffee

I've not tried it, nor spotted it locally. I'm sure other similar products exist, so maybe search the internet for coffee substitutes, and see if any of them have ingredients you won't accept. For example, I'd try that Ersatz stuff because I do eat rice.

If you're not gluten intolerant or sensitive, maybe the barley concoctions would be fine for you (plenty of paleo/primal folks still drink beer occasionally). These beverages don't supply many calories, and several of the brands with barley/rye claim the beverages are still gluten-free, I don't know how, but companies wouldn't lie on their labels, would they??? ;-)

Or, since it seems from your question that only decaf bothers you, you could just keep drinking regular coffee when you have a taste for it.

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Think about how coffee is decaffeinated. The raw coffee is washed or soaked in a chemical solvent that leeches the caffeine out of the coffee. The solvents used include:

  • benzene
  • dichloromethane
  • ethyl acetate

None of those make me go "yum" or think "now that's healthy."

Ask yourself: other than habit, why do I need to drink decaf coffee?

There is a world of naturally uncaffeinated hot drinks out there just waiting for you to discover them. Why not break out of your rut and try some of them? The cost to experiment would be minimal, and you might actually find something you like more than coffee.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on November 01, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I agree wholeheartedly. I find decaffeinated coffee doesn't sit right with me, I always feel a little nauseous afterwards, and I've had the eye twitches as well. So I switched to dandelion root tea and other herbal teas which are naturally caffeine free and they're fantastic and healthy.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on January 28, 2013
at 05:40 PM

I don't think anyone actually uses those chemicals anymore to decaffeinate, everyone one I read about now uses superfluid CO2 which is totally inert. I still prefer caffeinated because it tasted better.

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on April 29, 2012
at 08:18 AM

I don't know where you read about other stimulants but I think that this is BS. I drink a fair bit of coffee, but if I have one after 3-4 in the afternoon I will have trouble sleeping, but I drink 1-2 decafs at night, 1 straight before bed and I don't have any issues sleeping. I have never had any issues with decaf at all.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 29, 2012
at 08:29 AM

I dont remember where I read it but here is wikepedia's link for some similar info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_coffee

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1be1677d6cfd7729f7e30115cf034a88

on November 07, 2014
at 04:14 PM

Ok, for all u pale os out there. First off we should not be drinking coffee period on pale. That being said, a little research I'm gonna throw out there to clarify the confusion. On pale we are suppose to avoid all grains. For several reasons. That should also include nuts and seeds. The reason is they all contain a coating (for self preservation) called pyruvic acid. Which binds minerals and flushes them out the body. This includes coffee. The Swiss water method removed most of this and still leaves a small amount of the naturally occurring magnesium found in coffee(coffee is an excellent source of magnesium 70-80mg per cup). See healingnaturallybybee & info from the Winston A. Price foundation. I have Type 2 Diabeties and am using the pale to reconstruct myself. Always go organic, grassfed, and pasture raised when possible. Reminder: Healthy people can tolerate some pyruvic acid, but when the body is compromised. You have to go FULL OUT PALEO.

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on January 28, 2013
at 08:34 AM

Personally i don't think coffee is as good for us as the media is saying...please remember that coffee is world trade now and a huge muti billion dollar biz...so of course there is going to be all this hype from certain parts of the medical community who claim coffee is all so good for you and even says it is good for diabetes and other diseases which i know is bunk, and trust me these claims have the coffee industry sponsers and kickbacks behind them... When i drank coffee as i did for years i was a jittery nervous mess with fried adrenals and hypoglycemia..eventually i ended up in the ER with severe tachacardia and other heart irregularities..which have plagued me ever since.. when i got the caffeine out of my system..(took a long time), my body finally calmed down...coffee for me is dangerous, which brings me to this...i read a while back that there is something called a "coffee gene"...inotherwards certain people do well on coffee and have no trouble metabolizing it...others do not fair well on coffee and caffeine products in general and can develop some pretty serious issues. I also read that heavy coffee drinkers in autopsies show stained pancreas and other organs...now that cannot be a good thing!..anyway in summation drinking coffee should be in moderation and based on how you feel .....there are some decaf, water processed coffees that taste wonderful and are not processed with chemicals, if you prefer.....the key is water processed...

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on November 27, 2012
at 07:27 PM

If you are looking for coffee thats good for you i highly recommend organo gold http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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Be0283b8c7987ce5bd5f2a52c14ac5c6

on November 01, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Totally unrelated to drinking coffee, or anything else, but my eye twitches when my neck is "out" and/or I need to go to the chiropractor.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:58 PM

I wonder if the manner of decaffeinating plays a role (i.e., water or chemical). There could be some reaction from the chemically decaffed coffee, so maybe you could try water decaffed instead. The style of decaffing the manufacturer uses is not typically printed on the label, so you have to do a little research on their website or give them a call.

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on May 01, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Eye twitching is more likely a sign of low magnesium (not necessarily magnesium deficiency.)

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6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:56 AM

I like my coffee and tea in their natural states, unadulterated, so I don't really know about this. I've never had negative issues with caffeine, and don't intend to give up on coffee or tea anytime, nor convert to their decaffeinated cousins.

I also enjoy traditional Korean beverages made from traditional herbs, dried beans, or mushrooms.

That being said, water is usually my choice beverage. :)

As for your eye twitching issue... maybe it was the process in which they decaffeinated the coffee? They could have used a chemical process, and it could be that chemical that is messing with your nervous system.

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on April 29, 2012
at 03:41 PM

I've had those eye twitches before. They are absolutely not fun but I never put them together with caffeine before. I've been reading a lot of paleo blogs these days and many say that caffeine puts your system under unnecessary stress.

Then again I've read in Reader's Digest that coffee is the fountain of youth. It makes you more alert, smarter and jump starts your metabolism. That wasn't from a paleo standpoint however.

As for me I am trying to give up on caffeine as I don't think it's necessary. I'm good with during the week but late night out with friends still needs work.

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on April 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I drink decaf occasionally - which still has some caffeine in it. I too love coffee - the taste and smell, but my nutritionist doesn't want me drinking it - actually she shuns all caffeine because of the effect on the adrenals and liver. I've had the eye twitching before - but it is usually related to tired eyes - sitting in front of the computer too much or reading in low light.

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