Now-a-days, people say that pretty much everything causes cancer, but don’t worry, coffee is not one of those things!
However, people used to think it would cause cancer. Some people were convinced there was a presence of acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical, in their favorite coffee. It had gotten to the point where judges wanted to rule that coffee was too dangerous to consume.
Acrylamide is a chemical that is found in starchy foods that are cooked at high temperatures. It can be detrimental to one’s health if too much is consumed, so people should be aware of how much is in their foods. Some foods this chemical is common in is French Fries, potato chips, crackers, cereal, and more.
Because of this, the clean label project decided they needed to step in and set the law straight! They conducted a study to measure the amounts of acrylamide in 9 of Americas favorite coffee brands. They found that the amount of this chemical was nearly unmeasurable and there were many other foods that had significantly higher levels of the chemical than coffee.
They went on to test how much of the chemical was found in French fries from popular fast food restaurants. They found that a person would have to drink close to 43 cups of coffee at once to surpass the amount of the chemical found in one large order of French fries.
Although they did not find a detectable level of acrylamide in coffee, it does not mean that there is none of this chemical found in the coffee. From this, it is recommended that people become more aware of what is in the food and drinks they consume.