· By EM Nutrición
Danger in decaffeinated coffees
The Clean Label Project investigated coffee decaffeination processes and the potential harm of methylene chloride. Clean Label Project is an organization tasked with raising awareness about the presence of potentially dangerous contaminants and toxins in everyday consumer products. This organization prepared a document in which it analyzes the coffee decaffeination processes and the potential damage of methylene chloride. In the study they carry out an analysis of the results of the use of methylene chloride for coffee processes. In March 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency banned Methylene Chloride for the consumer. “Inhalation of this chemical can cause instant dizziness, loss of consciousness, and irritation of the nose and throat. And its acute exposure can cause death due to depression of the nervous system. During the coffee decaffeination process, workers are exposed to these chemicals during the production process,” they explain in the report. The problem is that this chemical is prohibited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows it in the decaffeination of coffee. And brands don't necessarily have to disclose the process on the label. You may also be interested in: FDA updates hygiene manual for food professionals In the report, Clean Label Project shows in a table the chemical analysis they make to different brands of coffee in the United States. And the brands with the greatest presence of this chemical are: Amazon Fresh- decaffeinated Colombia, Café Bustelo decaffeinated- Café Molido, Gevalia Kaede- decaffeinated House Blend, Great Value- decaffeinated Classic Roast, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters- decaffeinated Breakfast Blend Kroger. The Clean Label Project also makes some recommendations for the consumer 1 Recognize that decaffeinated coffee has many qualities. In fact, coffee is the highest source of antioxidants. Drinking two or more cups of decaf coffee a day has also been linked to up to a 48% lower risk of developing rectal cancer. Not all decaffeinated coffees use this product. 2 The consumer should look for specifications on the product packaging such as: solvent-free, chemical-free, or certified organic. These indications do not use harsh chemicals such as methylene chloride. 3 If you are concerned about your exposure to methylene chloride or have questions about your exposure to caffeine, always consult your doctor.