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What’s All the Noise About Coffee?


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  • The number of Americans drinking coffee in 2017 rose after a decline of the previous four years as gourmet brews gained popularity, especially among younger consumers
  • A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled coffee must carry a cancer warning under Proposition 65 as the brew contains acrylamide, a known carcinogen and potential neurotoxin
  • Acrylamide is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are heated at high temperatures; but while the production of acrylamide starts with brewing, elimination with longer roasting means dark roast coffee contains less than light roasts
  • Caffeine is the most consumed psychoactive drug in the world, including children and adolescents; however, caffeine has demonstrated the ability to disturb sleep and had a long-lasting negative effect on brain maturation in young people

By Dr. Mercola

According to the National Coffee Association more Americans drank coffee in 2017 than they had in the past four years. This represents a reversal as gourmet coffee brews gain popularity, especially among younger consumers. In an online survey, National Coffee Drinking Trends reported coffee drinking was up from 57 percent in 2016, reaching 62 percent of the general population in 2017, with the most pronounced increase in gourmet coffees.

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