According to the decision of the court of California, 91 companies in the country, producing coffee in different variations, now must indicate on the packaging that the use of the product poses a risk of cancer. The reason is the presence in the coffee of the substance acrylamide, which is really present in all sorts of coffee. And it is in fact recognized by the American cancer community as a powerful carcinogen, but the devil is, as usual, in detail.
Acrylamide is an interesting, perhaps significant, substance, one of the signs of the “Maillard reaction,” during which amino acids and sugar . In the case of coffee, it goes with roasting grains, but the same can be observed when making baking, frying potatoes, baking pizza, etc. Wherever a dark crispy crust forms on food, harmful acrylamide arises and accumulates.
His harm, as a carcinogen, is proven in the laboratory, so the court found it necessary to warn consumers of coffee. But not steaks or chips, and in fact in this overcooked potato the content of acrylamide reaches 3900 mkg / kg. In a toasted piece of white bread 161 μg / kg, in a toast from rye bread 205 μg / kg, and in coffee beans only 179 μg / kg or about 0.45 μg per cup. That is, a sandwich with coffee in this regard is 10 times less harmful than a similar portion of the weight of chips.
The presence of acrylamide in food was discovered in 2002, and almost all studies in humans have since revealed no patterns between the use of such “contaminated” food and the occurrence of cancer. Yes, and experimental mice were fed with doses of acrylamide 10-100 thousand times more than in human food, in order to achieve distinct results. So, no doubt, coffee is a carcinogen, but you do not need it.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));