Caffeine & Coffee – Clifford J. Stratton

Some people avoid caffeine by switching to decaffeinated coffee. However, several medical investigations over the last decade have shown that between 40 and 50 percent of decaffeinated coffee drinkers have gastrointestinal difficulties, such as ulcers, colitis, or diarrhea. (Goulart, 1984.) Decaffeinated coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid because the roasting of coffee beans releases harsh acids and oils that irritate stomach linings. One study of 13,000 patients in Boston area hospitals also showed that the risk of developing myocardial infarction was the same for decaffeinated coffee drinkers as it was for regular coffee drinkers. (Health Letter, 1982.) [“Caffeine—The Subtle Addiction,” Ensign, vol. 18, no. 6 (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 1988), p. 60.]  Clifford J. Stratton,

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