How caffeine is stripped from coffee—and what that means for your health

It’s no wonder the new type of brew—which later relied on other similarly toxic solvents—got a bad rap.

Today, coffee manufacturers have switched to safer decaffeination methods, though many still use potent chemicals to strip away caffeine. Meanwhile, researchers have wondered whether any ofcoffee’s healthful compounds are lost along with the caffeine.

So is decaf healthy? We talked to experts including William D. Ristenpart, Ph.D., a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Davis, and director of the UC Davis Coffee Center, to figure out what we really know.

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