As technology and health testing improves, a lot of people are finding that they are intolerant to all types of food and drink and that includes caffeine.

There are 2 types of heath issues when it comes to caffeine called caffeine allergies and caffeine intolerance.

So, what’s the difference and is decaf OK for those conditions?

What are caffeine allergies and hypersensitivity?

Some people can have anaphylactic reactions to caffeine and there is some  genetic evidence regarding the inability to process caffeine as some people lack the genes responsible for this or the genes aren’t being expressed as they should be. This allows caffeine to build up in a person’s body rather than being broken down properly, so are hypersensitive to caffeine.

Physical symptoms caffeine hypersensitivity include rashes, sweats, swelling and difficulty breathing. Fortunately, this is rare. Caffeine allergies has also been linked to ADD and dementia. So, in the case of being allergic to caffeine or hypersensitive, then it would not be recommended to drink decaf coffee.

What is caffeine intolerance?

Caffeine is a small molecule present, not only in coffee, but also many different types of teas (except herbal teas); including green tea; energy drinks, enhanced waters and colas.

Due to the molecular structure of caffeine, once ingested, it is transported very quickly around the body; this is the instant caffeine “hit” that you get that perks you up.

Some people have an intolerance to caffeine, which ranges from light to strong sensitivity. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, headaches, palpitations, fatigue and high blood pressure. 

How much caffeine is safe to drink if you are caffeine intolerant?

As with most food intolerances, and reaction to caffeine is classed as an intolerance not an allergy, the answer to this question depends very much on the individual.

People are affected by caffeine in different ways; some are much more sensitive than others and have to adjust their intake accordingly. General guidelines say that 3-4 cups of coffee per day is fine, but this may be far too much for some, with symptoms appearing even with the smallest amounts.

Of course, the caffeine content of a cup of coffee depends on how big the cup is, how finely the coffee is ground, how dark the roast, the brewing method used, how much coffee is used to make the drink and the type of coffee bean used, etc.

Can you drink decaffeinated coffee if you are intolerant or sensitive to caffeine?

So, for those who are sensitive or have an intolerance to caffeine, can they drink decaf?

The answer is generally YES!

For those coffee lovers who are caffeine intolerant, many caffeine-free or reduced caffeine beverage alternatives are available, particularly Swiss Water Decaf coffee, which is certified 99.9% caffeine free and uses no chemicals to decaffeinate coffee beans.

So, instead of eliminating coffee from your daily routine, consider making it easier by drinking decaffeinated coffee.  And yes, just like regular coffee, they don’t all taste the same.  You can really savour the differences in the various cup profiles from our single origin decaf coffee range at Decadent Decaf Coffee Company.

IMPORTANT: This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Nothing in the content or products should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.

July 29, 2015 — Guy Wilmot


James Delorn Howland Jr said:

I missed drinking coffee for a long time due too much caffeine affect my physical and mental health. I stopped drinking coffee. Swiss Water Coffee is 99.9% you say? If you round that number is 100% caffeine free. I live in Darby Pennsylvania where I can that coffee?

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