Decaf Dilemma - Is Your Coffee Toxic?

Decaf Dilemma - Is Your Coffee Toxic?

Environmental health groups are urging the FDA to ban methylene chloride in decaf coffee production due to cancer risk concerns. The chemical, used in the European Method of decaffeination, has been found in decaf brands, although industry representatives argue levels are safely below FDA thresholds. Methylene chloride exposure has been linked to potential carcinogenic effects and developmental issues in fetuses, as evidenced by animal studies. While the EPA has restricted its use in other industries, it remains approved for decaf coffee under current FDA regulations. Experts suggest opting for organic or alternative decaffeination processes to minimize risk.

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