“Would you like some cancerogenic mycotoxins with that”? You probably didn’t hear your barista ever asking you this. But in truth, much of the world’s coffee contains harmful mold and mycotoxins, which, according to the WHO, are the main culprits behind long-term health issues like
- Immune deficiency
- A severe onset of allergies
- And unfortunately, even cancer.
Here are a few moldy truths:
- 45% of commercial-grade coffee contained Ochratoxin A (Source)
- Up to 55% of green coffee beans showed the presence of Aflatoxins (Source)
- Coffee roasting does help reduce the toxins. Still, nearly a third (27%) of roasted coffee contained high levels of Ochratoxin A (Source)
So how can you know if you’re drinking mold-free coffee or if your barista is serving you a dash of toxins on the side?
- First: Why does coffee even get mold?
- Coffee mycotoxins: what are they, and why are they harmful?
- Possible symptoms of coffee mycotoxins
- How to make sure you’re drinking mold-free coffee?
- The best tip to get mold-free coffee
- Final thoughts: Meet our friend Dawn Marone