Are you drinking mouldy coffee?
Coffee has been proposed to have many health benefits. It is one of the richest sources of polyphenols which act as antioxidants, it also regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, assists with concentration and attention as well as boosts athletic performance.
One to three cups a day seems to be the general consensus for health benefits according research, but this could be very variable between individuals. Too much can stress the cardiovascular and nervous system.
If you are not overly caffeine sensitive, tolerate coffee well and wish to avail of its health benefits (and pleasure of a good cup), it’s worth being aware that mould in ground coffee is prevalent.
Mould is naturally occurring, but high levels may result in serious health problems. As such, the governments of Japan and South Korea have banned the sale of coffee with mould levels above a certain limit. Of course what constitutes a safe limit is controversial.
That said, to reduce the likelihood of high mould levels in your coffee, the following is advised:
- Avoid buying overly cheap coffee, spending a bit more and maybe drinking a bit less?
- Try and buy single origin coffee, grown in a single geographic region or farm, usually mentioned on the label.
- Coffee shops that roast their own beans and grind beans for you to order (hard to find I know) are likely to have lower levels of mould
Drink healthy and enjoy!