Sewing tape measures hang in senior designer Susan Glynn's studio at Ariat International's headquarters and design studio in Union City, Calif. on Friday, July 13, 2012. Ariat designed the uniforms that will be worn by the U.S. Olympic equestrian team in London during the Summer Games. (Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
Health - Wellness
Fact Or Fiction: Does Coffee Actually Stunt Your Growth?
There are many myths surrounding coffee and its effects, including the one that claims drinking coffee can stunt your growth and cause osteoporosis. Experts have since debunked these myths stating there is no link between height and coffee.
This idea started when some researchers thought they had found evidence indicating that coffee drinkers had trouble absorbing calcium, but other researchers tried to replicate the results and failed. Instead, reviews of the original studies found that the people with low calcium levels simply ate "substantially less calcium" than is recommended.
Osteoporosis is "a disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily" caused by a loss of bone density. Many people mistakenly believe that this is linked to caffeine intake, but you can't lose height once unless you start to suffer a spine curvature — as of now, there are no accusations of coffee having that drastic of an effect.