What is acrylamide, and why is it in my coffee?

You have probably read that in California, coffee cups must now come with a cancer warning label.  The reason for this is a chemical called acrylamide that is used during the roasting process.

So what does the science say?

Acrylamide is used to make many products, such as potato chips, bread, and french fries.

The ruling about acrylamide is based on studies have been done in rodents, where it was found that acrylamide can damage the rodent’s DNA.  However, a number of large studies to date have found no evidence of harm in humans.  Studies have shown that humans and rodents absorb and metabolize acrylamide differently.

The bottom line?  At this time there is no scientific evidence of harm for humans, however more studies are needed to determine a safe and acceptable level of this chemical for food and beverage products.

Another thing to remember, is that science has shown some benefits of coffee!

*Coffee can lower the risk of Type II Diabetes

*Coffee lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

*Coffee can help prevent cirrhosis of the liver for those who have 4 cups a day

*One cup of coffee has Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), antioxidants, potassium and manganese!





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