Americans love to drink coffee; and according to the National Coffee Association, more than eighty percent of us start our day with a cup or two of morning Joe.
And good coffee is like magic and drinking one to three cups a day can; promote brain function, increase memory and energy levels, lowers your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Plus it’s loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients that affect your overall health.
But this post is about a form of fungus called ochratoxin that is commonly found in coffee. Ochratoxin is a member of the mycotoxin family that grows as a result of mold in edible crops like coffee beans. And unfortunately, coffee is easily one of the largest sources of mycotoxins in our food supply.
Researchers have know for a decades that high intake of Ochratoxin can cause health problems in animals and humans including; brain damage, hypertension, kidney disease, birth defects, and is classified as a possible human carcinogen.
And many of the short term negative side-effects of coffee such as racing heartbeat and jitteriness (generally attributed to caffeine) are actually the result of ochratoxin.
Mycotoxins make their way into your coffee by attaching themselves to dried coffee beans. And once they have latched on, they are incorporated into the process of grinding and roasting, eventually ending up in your cup.
Like most manufacturers of consumable goods, coffee manufacturers do everything possible to increase their bottom line. In the coffee industry that means; using poor farming practices, inferior drying, re-wetting, large batch roasting and bad storage in the post-production handling of coffee.
These practices commonly lead to mold growth and usually results with ochratoxin in your favorite brand of coffee.
Studies found that mycotoxins are in almost all low quality brands of coffee, including one study that found 91.7 percent of all green coffee beans were contaminated with mold-and this was before they were processed, which allows even more mold to grow. Still another study found that 52 percent of green coffee beans and almost 50 percent of brewed coffees are moldy!
So is drinking coffee worth the risk? Absolutely! The health benefits of drinking good coffee are worth it. The trick is to find coffee that makes you feel great and is low in mycotoxins like Bullettproof coffee.
Bullettproof beans are held to stringent quality standards with special sourcing and processing methods that minimize mold and other toxin contamination. Bulletproof beans are super high-quality Arabica beans which have a smooth bold flavor and are less likely to grow mold.
Drinking coffee is an important part of my day for a variety of reasons. By drinking coffee low in mycotoxins you can be sure that your coffee habit is one that enhances rather than detracts from your health.
Questions or comments? Reach Mary Schoepe at firstname.lastname@example.org.