Is coffee acidic?


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Coffee is highly acidic and can trigger the hypersecretion of gastric acids. Decaffeinated coffee increases acidity to a higher level than either ordinary coffee or caffeine alone.

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Acidic substances or chemicals are those that have the characteristics of an acid. Acidity is the level of acid in substances. An acid refers to a chemical substance whose aqueous solutions are dotted by a sour taste. Aqueous solutions of acidic nature have a pH of less than 7, with a lower pH indicating a greater acidity. The acidity of coffee can irritate the stomach. Both caffeine and coffee encourage gastric acid production, and decaffeinated coffee elevates gastrin levels.

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