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Decaffeinated coffee may be the last thing on your mind if you’re craving a caffeinated afternoon tea.
But now experts are saying you should reconsider.
Researchers have found that a cup of decaffeinated coffee is enough to satisfy caffeine cravings.
Australian scientists have said that decaffeinated coffee, although it contains almost no stimulants, can eliminate the symptoms of caffeine deficiency.
Scientists from the University of Sydney tested simple decaffeine intake on 61 coffee drinkers, each of whom drank at least three cups a day.
And it was all done within 24 hours, meaning no caffeine of any kind.
They then rated the participants’ symptoms of caffeine deficiency, such as headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, before dividing them into three groups. Two groups received a cup of decaffeinated coffee.
One group was truthfully told that the drink was caffeine-free, while the other group was lied to and told it was a regular cup.
After 45 minutes, the volunteers were again asked to rate the symptoms of a caffeine deficiency.
Before the start of the trial, participants stated that they expected caffeinated coffee to reduce deficiency symptoms the most, followed by water and a decaffeinated drink.
But the researchers, whose work was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that the deceived group reported “a significant reduction in caffeine deficiency symptoms, although there was no pharmacological reason for this.”
Those who knew they were drinking decaffeinated coffee reported a 9.5-point reduction in caffeine deficiency, while the group who thought they were drinking caffeinated coffee reported an 18.1-point reduction.
And the control group reported a reduction in symptoms of caffeine deficiency by only 0.6 points.
This meant that there was a placebo effect when drinking decaffeinated coffee.
However, the researchers acknowledged that the reduction in caffeine deficiency symptoms is likely to be short-lived, and deficiency symptoms will not be reduced by continued consumption of decaffeinated coffee.
Dr. Llewellyn Mills, who led the study, said: “What was interesting about this new study is that withdrawal symptoms are also reduced even when people know they are getting decaffeinated coffee.”
She added: “Caffeine-free coffee can help a person trying to cut back on caffeine temporarily relieve their worst cravings and help them avoid caffeine. This study shows cognitive factors such as what you expect and how much of a drug you think useful in your body, have an effect.”
This study is the latest in an extensive series of coffee-related studies evaluating the health effects of hot beverages.
Scientists have already linked coffee to many benefits, including support for liver health and a reduced risk of depression or type 2 diabetes.
But doctors remain divided, warning that drinking large amounts of caffeine-rich coffee can damage the heart.
Excessive caffeine intake can temporarily increase blood pressure and heart rate.
Source: Daily Mail