Coffee is often an important part of the morning ritual. This can be a big problem for people who need to watch their caffeine intake, such as pregnant women and those with heart conditions. And what about decaffeinated coffee, a.k.a. decaf coffee as laxative?
Decaffeinated coffee may seem like a good option, but what is decaffeinated coffee? Is it just regular coffee that has been roasted without any caffeine. Does it have other effects on health? Let’s go over some facts about decaf coffee and explore whether or not it will work as a laxative or natural diuretic.
Decaffeinated coffee is actually just regular coffee that has been roasted without any caffeine. It’s important to note, though, that decaffeinated beans are often processed with chemicals like methylene chloride and ethyl acetate before they’re used in the roasting process.
Some people believe there may be an effect on health for those who drink it regularly over a long period of time. One study found that consuming four cups of decaffeinated coffee per day can cause changes in bowel movement frequency and consistency, but not as much as one’s want.
Decaf does have some laxative effects, mostly because it contains caffeine – about half or less than what you would get from one cup of drip coffee.***
Is Decaf coffee a good natural laxative?
If we look at the ingredient list for decaf coffee, we will find only one different item: water.
Decaffeinated coffee does not have caffeine in it. Decaf coffee has also been shown to decrease symptoms of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and urinary incontinence due to unstable pelvic floor muscles.
Nevertheless, decaf coffee do contain some amount of natural laxative because they are made with beans which typically produce their own version of caffeine like substances during processing.
In a way, that could act as a natural laxative.