Is Organic Coffee Healthy?

Organic coffee is typically made from high grade Arabica coffee beans so it has great taste and aroma. And organic coffee is great for the environment because it requires sustainable agriculture to grow it. But is organic coffee healthy for you? Organic coffee is healthy on two counts. First of all coffee has all sorts of health benefits. And second organic coffee does not have a whole lot of impurities that may be found in regular coffee. First what are the health aspects of coffee?

Healthy Organic Coffee

It has been six years since we posted an article, Healthy Organic Coffee.

Healthy organic coffee contains calcium. It contains antioxidants such as polyphenols which are also called condensed tannins and help prevent tooth decay in addition to their antioxidant activity. The antioxidant properties of a healthy cup of organic coffee include the ability to lessen age associated cellular damage, prevent new blood vessel formation in cancerous tissue, and inhibit the long term inflammation seen in atherosclerosis. Ongoing research points to uses of polyphenols as treatments for specific age related conditions. And all of this from a cup of healthy organic coffee!

In that article we mentioned the fact that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type II diabetes. Over the years we have added articles reporting reduced risk of cancer, depression, suicide, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cirrhosis of the liver. Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of dying at any age compared to their friends who avoid java. And coffee improves exercise performance as well as sex! All of those benefits come from a cup of coffee.

But why do you want organic coffee? In the same article years ago we noted the findings of the Australian Food Standards Authority.

A study by the Australian Food Standards Authority revealed that as many as 133 contaminants may be in a cup of commercially available coffee. These contaminants include metals such as aluminum and zinc, pesticide residues, ochratoxin A, acrylamide, furan, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are found to cause cancer. Furans have been associated with skin disorders, liver problems, certain kinds of cancers, impairment to the reproductive, endocrine, and immune system, as well as effects on embryonic development.

This is why organic coffee is healthier for you than regular coffee. Organic coffee certification tells you that your coffee has been produced, processed and stored according to a strict set of standards.

The soil in which organic coffee is grown must have been verified as free from prohibited substances for at least three years. In addition there must be distinct boundaries between land on which organic coffee is grown and land where pesticides, herbicides, and prohibited chemical fertilizers are used. This guarantees that drift of substances sprayed or otherwise applied on adjacent land will not contaminate the organic plot of land. Organic coffee certification includes the adherence to a specific and verifiable plan for all practices and procedures from planting to crop maintenance, to harvest, de-husking, bagging, transport, roasting, packaging, and final transport. Along the way procedures must be in place at every step to insure that there is no contamination of the healthy organic coffee produced in pristine soil with regular coffee produced on soil exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers.

Is organic coffee healthy? You bet it is!

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