Last week as I was wasting time on Instagram, I saw a post stating that California was making coffee shops post that coffee was carcinogenic. Well, my initial response to that news was to swipe right by with the words, “nope, not now” in my mind. I mean, really. A few years ago, I tried to give up coffee, but went back to drinking it. After all, I don’t drink, smoke or eat meat and dairy… and coffee is my little weakness, and even though I know it’s not the best thing, it’s the one thing that I’ve decided to drink that’s not entirely healthy. But, carcinogenic?
So, after waiting a respectable amount of time (really, just putting it off), I decided to look into the science of this claim. It turns out that overly roasted coffee beans can contain a chemical called acrylamide, which can cause mutations and damage in DNA, which then can increase the risk of getting cancer. However, it’s unclear as to if the amount of acrylamide found in coffee can be considered a risk, since the animals that it was found to be a risk in were given levels between 1,000 and 10,000 more then were found in food that humans would ingest. Therefore, the scientists do not consider this a risk, and have not stated that it is one as regards to coffee. I’ve left the link below for you to read. Now, I think I’ll go enjoy my morning coffee…thank you very much!