A cup of coffee in the morning is a staple for many people, but new information shows that it may not be as healthy as was once thought.
Coffee has long been known for it’s health benefits like reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. However, a recent lawsuit alleges that there may also be some negative health effects to drinking it.
When coffee beans are roasted at a high temperature, a chemical known as acrylamide forms. Acrylamide is potentially cancer-causing, and drinking water is already regulated for the presence of the chemical.
According to ABC News, a non-profit organization known as The Council for Education and Research on Toxics has been fighting a legal case in California since 2010 in regards to acrylamide in coffee. They are asking that companies that sell coffee, like Starbucks, be required to post warnings about exposure to this potentially cancer-causing chemical.
Acrylamide is found in other foods such as French fries, toast, potato chips, cookies, breakfast cereal, and prune juice. While the National Cancer Institute lists coffee as one of the top sources that contain this chemical, it is also found in tobacco smoke.
Smoking tobacco has long been linked to an increase in cancer risk. Tobacco users have three to five times more acrylamide exposure markers in their blood than non-tobacco users.
There are no current studies that link acrylamide exposure from foods to any increase in cancer risk. The United State’s Dietary Guidelines even advise that coffee can be a healthy beverage if consumed in moderation.
The World Health Organization also removed coffee from it’s list of potential cancer-causing foods in 2016.
Like any other food or drink, coffee should be consumed in moderation in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Staying active, choosing healthy foods, and avoiding potential cancer-causing compounds is the best way to reduce the risk of developing cancer.