Coffee: the drink that gives you cancer
When it comes to coffee, there are a lot of things that we take for granted. We assume that because it’s a popular drink, it must be safe. But the truth is, coffee can be very dangerous – even deadly.
One of the most dangerous things about coffee is that it contains a substance called acrylamide. Acrylamide is a known carcinogen, and has been linked to cancer in humans.
In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified acrylamide as a “probable human carcinogen”.
So how does acrylamide get into coffee?
Acrylamide is produced when coffee beans are roasted. The longer and hotter the beans are roasted, the more acrylamide is produced.
This means that dark roasted coffee beans – which are often used in espresso and other strong coffees – have higher levels of acrylamide than lighter roasted beans.
Acrylamide has also been found in other foods that are cooked at high temperatures, such as chips, biscuits, bread and cereal.
So should we all give up coffee?
Not necessarily. The IARC says that the benefits of coffee outweigh the risks, and that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death from cancer than non-drinkers.
However, it’s important to be aware of the risks, and to take steps to reduce your exposure to acrylamide.
Here are some tips:
-Choose lighter roast coffee beans, or coffee that is made with Arabica beans rather than Robusta beans.
-Avoid pre-packaged or instant coffee, as these often have higher levels of acrylamide.
-Don’t overcook your coffee – the longer it is roasted, the more acrylamide is produced.
-If you’re concerned about acrylamide, you could try decaffeinated coffee, or tea.
Whatever you choose to drink, remember that moderation is key. Too much of any one thing – even water – can be harmful. So enjoy your coffee, but don’t make it your only drink.