I do! My short story is that I LOVE coffee – always have and always will. I was born into a coffee-loving family so I probably tried it at a young age. I wouldn’t say I ever had more than sips or whatnot, but in high school, I noticed that a full cup had an effect on me. Usually it was stomach related, but I loved coffee SO MUCH, that I would get a little stomachache just for the pleasure of a hot and creamy cup of coffee! The symptoms got worse as I got older, and a boyfriend I had in my 20s suggested I just start trying decaf. That way I’d know if it was the acids in the coffee, or the caffeine, that made me feel sick. Well lo and behold, it’s the caffeine! Decaf has zero effect on me, providing it’s good quality decaf. Which is why I’m writing this post – to talk about potential contaminants in your hot mug of decaf coffee. And we want to enjoy coffee!
Choose Your Decaf Carefully: Why You Should Detox Your Decaf:
These days I have a new reason to choose decaf carefully. I’m pregnant! And as I tell my family, if I don’t drink caffeine when not pregnant, this is the worst time to start. We’ve been focusing on high quality brands of coffee, as well as what I put in my coffee, since I worry about my health and blood sugar control as a pregnant woman. I’m so happy to have information about decaf coffee, thanks to the Clean Label Project. They are on a mission to raise awareness about decaf.
Clean Label Project + #DetoxYourDecaf:
This mission is to raise awareness about the presence of potentially dangerous environmental contaminants and toxins in everyday consumer products. And that’s because Clean Label Project believes that a serious conversation needs to be had with brands and regulatory bodies on the presence of these contaminants in consumer products. They recently released findings on methylene chloride (the active ingredient in paint strippers), being found in popular decaffeinated coffee. This is particularly alarming to decaf drinkers like me, and many others.
What Has Happened:
So as we know, the presence of methylene chloride in decaf coffee is particularly alarming given that many are looking to reduce caffeine intake, such as pregnant women, elderly people, people with heart disease, etc. So, Clean Label Project has filed lawsuits against FOUR national brands, for false and misleading advertising and labeling. These four brands claim that their decaffeinated coffee products are “pure and natural”, however, in contrast, the study showed that methylene chloride was detected in the decaffeinated coffee products of these brands.
What You Can Do:
Spread the word about these findings, and also consider the brands of decaf coffee that you buy, and how you can choose your decaf carefully in the future. I think it really matters!