Is Drinking Decaf Coffee Better for You?

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So you want to cut back on coffee. Maybe it’s because you want a better night of sleep or jitter- and crash-free days, or perhaps you’ve even heard that coffee may cause cancer. (Don’t worry: That’s highly unlikely.)

No matter the reason, it’s not uncommon to consider cutting back. After all, we drink a lot of it. One study found that 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day (the highest percentage to date), with another finding that Americans spend an average of $1,100 on coffee a year.

But breaking up is hard. And for every counterpoint, there seem to be countless health benefits to sipping the good stuff. If only a caffeine-free, coffee-like substitute existed… oh wait, it does.

What Is Decaf Coffee?

Decaffeinated coffee—known to most as “decaf”—isn’t just a regularcoffee, it’s a cool coffee. (And by cool, we mean it cools it when it comes to caffeine.) But don’t let the name fool you. Though decaffeinated suggests that it’s devoid of caffeine, most decaf brews actually do contain some buzz. Just how much, exactly, can be a little unclear.

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