Why Do I Hate Coffee? 5 Science-Backed Reasons And Alternatives

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A lot of people these days like to drink coffee, whether they be students, in the working class, or just have nothing better to do at all.

What’s in coffee anyway?

What makes it so good that people just have to have it every single day?

A lot of people like to drink coffee just for the very fact that it prevents them from sleeping.

Coffee works by inhibiting certain receptors in the brain from receiving the sleep signals the body sends, which is what most people want to be able to continue their daily tasks.

“Is coffee the only drink or food that can do this?”

If you’re asking this, then it’s most likely that coffee doesn’t sit well for you.

Now, we’ll look at some of the facts backed by science as to why you just can’t have that cup of coffee.

Additionally, we will also be looking at other drinks and food that can help you get the same effects as drinking coffee.

5 Reasons Why People Hate Coffee

Bitter Taste

Your tongue is covered in receptor cells that send signals to your brain, which then allows you to perceive tastes like sweetness, saltiness, and the like.

A study in 2012 has discovered that a chemical produced by the body, named adenosine, has the capability to enhance the taste of sweetness by binding the receptor cells or taste buds.

Caffeine, one of the major compounds in coffee, is known in the body as an antagonist to adenosine, which literally means that it counteracts the effects of adenosine by binding to its receptor cells.

A study conducted at Cornell University suspected and found that caffeine does indeed bind to the taste buds responsible for sweetness. 

This means that coffee, a rich source of caffeine, has the capability to reduce the sense of sweetness in some people.

This is one highly possible reason why some people (like you) just could not handle coffee, as it ruins the taste of certain sweets you normally like to indulge in.

 

It’s Acidic

The stomach is filled with acid to break down the food that we eat, and it is specially lined such that the acid it produces does not harm itself.

It is also made up of muscle that contracts to completely close the hole where the food passes from the esophagus, and certain conditions may force the hole to open after contraction, which can lead to gagging or vomiting.

A study found that coffee promotes gastroesophageal reflux, a condition wherein stomach contents, which are mostly acid, rises back up into the esophagus.

This can lead to discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest area.

Coffee is known to be generally an acidic beverage, which is why medical professionals suspect that it can cause gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn in many people.

Its acidity, once mixed with the digestive stomach acids, can increase the overall acidity in the stomach, which also causes extreme discomfort from those who suffer from hyperacidity.

If you suspect that you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or hyperacidity, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

coffee causes high blood pressure

Can Increase Blood Pressure

Heart rate and blood pressure are two of the factors that medical professionals consider when evaluating heart performance.

When any of the two is high, it is grounds for suspicion of a disease related to the heart or the blood vessels, which are the organs that deliver blood all throughout your body.

One study found that coffee, a major source of caffeine, increased the blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic) of the participants, as compared to those who took decaffeinated coffee.

Another study claimed that caffeine also increased the blood pressure (BP) of participants categorized into optimal BP, normal BP, high-normal, stage 1 hypertension, and diagnosed hypertensive.

Increased blood pressure can have varying symptoms from one person to another.

Some of these symptoms can be headaches, nosebleeds, and fatigue.

Generally, even palpitations can cause several people to panic and be anxious, which is probably why they also avoid coffee.

Also Read: Does Coffee Cause Inflammation? Here’s What Science Says

 

Could Cause To Make You Pee More

Diuretics are drinks that stimulate the kidneys to be much more active, which is why they also cause people to pee a lot more than normal.

Coffee falls into the category of diuretic drinks, and even a small amount of the beverage can already cause people to excrete more urine than usual.

One study found that a woman found herself suffering from muscle weakness and fatigue, all because she kept urinating more than normal.

It was found that she was a heavy coffee drinker, which is what lead to her urinating more than usual.

As she kept urinating, her electrolytes (chemicals that allow the cells to function) eventually depleted.

Due to that depletion, her muscles were no longer able to work as normal, and her energy stores took more effort to burn.

Some people may be more sensitive to coffee as a diuretic, which is why they tend to avoid it due to the excessive peeing and muscle fatigue felt hours after drinking it.

 

Could Cause Difficulty in Sleeping

Coffee is consumed by its ability to produce feelings of wakefulness.

This is caused by the attachment of caffeine to adenosine receptors in the brain which, when paired with adenosine, induce feelings of sleepiness.

Adenosine levels in the body increase at nighttime, when it is dark.

One study found that drinking coffee at night has the same effects as when exposing participants to bright light.

Note that both methods involve inhibiting the binding of adenosine to its receptors.

Consuming too much caffeine in the day can most like lead to similar results, where some may find it difficult to fall asleep at night.

Some people dislike this effect of coffee on their body, as they would like to maintain their sleep-wake cycle while still being able to receive a boost in the morning.

 

Alternatives If You Don’t Like Coffee

It’s no surprise that people would turn to alternatives in place of coffee, as people would still want an energy boost to start or continue the day. Thankfully, there are lots of drinks available that contain little to no caffeine to help.

coffee alternatives

  • Tea – Tea leaves from the C. Sinensis plant contain a little amount of caffeine, and when infused in warm water, creates a drink that is less acidic and bitter than coffee.
  • Softdrinks – Many soft drinks these days are infused with caffeine, which is mostly why a lot of people feel energized after drinking it.
  • Energy Drinks – These drinks are rich in caffeine and similar compounds, and while achieving the same effects as coffee, can also still cause several of the discomforts felt when drinking a cup of coffee.
  • Juice – A lot of juices are rich in sugar, which is a good source of energy for the body. They may not produce the same wakefulness effect as coffee, but they can still give a little energy boost at the start of the day.
  • Cold Water or Cold Drinks Certain studies have found that cold water can cause the body to produce a certain amount of heat, which is a sign that it is expending energy. Try a cup of water to see if it helps you wake up in the morning.  

Also Read: Healthiest Coffee: 15 Drink Options for Health-Conscious Caffeine Lovers

Summary

Coffee is not a drink that can satisfy everyone.

The reasons listed above are not the only ones that may explain why you don’t like coffee.

It might just be a simple taste preference or much more.

However, it is best to totally avoid coffee when bodily discomfort is felt, as this may lead to worse diseases.

Trying some of the alternatives will not hurt, but some of them still do contain caffeine, which is the main perpetrator of the symptoms listed.

Avoiding caffeine, in general, will not only help avoid the reasons above, but also have health benefits as well. 

Also Read: Coffee for People Who Don’t Like Coffee

Charles Vallena
Charles is the author and managing editor of Cuppabean.com. A self-admitted coffee addict, he drinks 2-4 cups of coffee a day to get his fix. In the morning, you'll often find him brewing his freshly grounded arabica coffee beans on his french press coffee. Read more about the site here.

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