I love coffee. At one time I was getting through 8 large cups a day. 8. I’m writing this article to talk about why I stopped drinking coffee – and that reason is mycotoxins.
What are mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins are a type of toxic fungus – more specifically, they’re a mold. If you drink coffee, you’ll probably be familiar with ‘the jitters’ (which you’ll probably attribute to the caffeine content – I did). Another theory is that ‘the jitters’ are a symptom that you’ve ingested mycotoxins.
Are there mycotoxins in all coffee?
No. The studies I’ve seen suggest that somewhere between 50% and 92% of green coffee beans are contaminated with at least one type of mold, before processing takes place and even more mold is allowed to grow. Mycotoxins are present in virtually all types of low quality coffee – they’re cheaper because they use coffee beans from cheaper sources, and because more of them are damaged & moldy.
So can I just buy really expensive coffee & avoid all this mycotoxin madness?
No. That was my first idea, but more expensive beans aren’t necessarily lower in mycotoxin levels. They still use the same methods to process the coffee, and these processes support mold growth.
So how do I avoid mycotoxins?
I’ll write another article explaining what to do if you want to avoid eating toxic fungus every time you drink a coffee. Subscribe to updates now (by clicking here) to receive an e-mail when I’ve written it.