My apologies in advance, as I imagine this question has already been asked a bazillion times — but neither coffee nor caffeine came up a search in the FAQ.
For those of you who still drink coffee, is it the caffeine or the acid from coffee (which could be decaf) that causes flushing. Or is it *any* cup of hot beverage?
I realize we all react differently, but I am just wondering if members here have noticed a trend.
It was a HUGE achievement when I gave up cream in my coffee last February. That step alone helped me avoid dairy most days. I still drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day, but it's black and when I make it myself, it's only 1/4 caffeine (I mix 1 scoop of Trader Joe's decaf with 1 scoop of their half caf).
I hadn't given coffee much further thought since last winter ... until I discovered this forum. Lately I have been noticing a mild tingle in my left cheek, and when I look in the mirror, I can see some visible pinkening, but not every time I drink the brew.
I'm unsure how much of it is physiological versus psychological. In the last few days, I have become hyper vigilant to every little reaction my body has.
I don't know about you, but figuring out my triggers is as much a PITA as figuring out food sensitivities -- though it does seem like rocacea-based reactions occur more immediately -- like if I drink red wine, even my ears get red!