Coffee entered the list of foods that contain acrylamide, a highly carcinogenic substance that the FDA and WHO have pointed out as a health hazard.
Coffee is one of the most drinkable drinks in the world. Its flavor and aroma have made it part of most homes in the world. However, recent studies indicate the presence of acrylamide, a highly carcinogenic substance that is produced during the roasting of the grain of this product.
Acrylamide is produced when coffee beans and other foods like churros, potatoes or bread are roasted or fried at temperatures above 120 degrees. It is a reaction of an amino acid named asparagine in the presence of sugars such as fructose and glucose.
To determine when this carcinogenic element appears, experts have highlighted that it arises with the appearance of tan color and crisp texture caused by overcooking of food.
At the moment acrylamide is a "potentially carcinogenic" substance, this suggests that most of the foods that have it can continue to be ingested in a moderate way, but always avoiding excess and failing to maintain a diet that only includes roasted or fried foods.
Note: To avoid the presence of acrylamide in food, it is suggested to avoid overcooking of products rich in starch or cereal derivatives. Also, it is suggested to opt for other cooking methods that do not require frying or toasting.