Did you know that coffee is one the most chemically treated foods in the world?! I had no idea!
Before I delve into some of the health benefits that can occur from a cup of java, in a later post, I wanted to share something that was brought to my attention by my doctor. There is a HUGE difference between conventional coffee and organic coffee. Sure, we all know that generally speaking organic anything is better than non organic. But, I was shocked at how big of a difference there was between the two.
Now, not all non-organic certified coffees are toxic, nor am I in any way implying that. Getting certified organic, cost a lot of money, and unfortunately a lot of smaller local farmers cannot afford it. But, being certified organic is the only way, unfortunately, for consumers like you and I to have a better idea of what we are consuming. I will also talk about fair trade coffee, in a separate post, because I personally believe that it is also very important; not only in terms of the humane treatment of workers but also for the preservation our planet.
According to CS Monitor, conventional coffee farmers apply up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers, per acre! Other studies suggest that there are 1,000 chemicals/compounds present in our cup of coffee.
In some scientific studies, pesticides have been linked to a wide range of health problems, including cancers such as prostate, Parkinson’s disease, and even miscarriages in some pregnant women.
Conventional coffee has also been found to contain synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, in addition to already present pesticides. These chemicals allow farmers to produce up to more than double the amount of coffee while simultaneously killing any pests that try to destroy their crops. But, these pesticides are not only toxic to the insects; more and more researchers are finding that these toxins can be harmful to you, as well.
If you think that drinking decaf coffee is better, think again.
Decaf coffee by law has to have 97% of the caffeine removed. But, in the caffeine extraction process, non organic decaf coffee, can become chemically and qualitatively altered. Furthermore, most non organic decaf coffee has been found to have even MORE chemicals, added during the process of removing the caffeine, than regular coffee. It is said, that the most common method of decaffeinating coffee uses chemical solvents, which can leave residue on coffee beans. Some coffee brands claim to use a “100% natural water process”. But numerous studies show, these coffees may have been soaked in SEVERAL chemical solvents such as methylene chloride, a base for paint strippers, and ethyl acetate, also known as dry cleaning fluid. These coffees are still allowed to be labeled as “natural” water process on their labeling. So, if you want to continue drinking decaf maybe consider using an Organic one if you would like avoid added chemicals.
In conclusion, although black coffee in moderation, has been found to have benefits for some people. The more information that is exposed, the more it appears as if a lot of non organic coffee, in our day and age, can be down right toxic.
I am not a Doctor. This website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, and/or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed here, within this website, are derived only from my own personal experience and/or research. Please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.