I drink coffee. I love the stuff. But I have to say I’ve been wondering how mindful I’ve been about it lately. I decided to dig around a bit and get informed. I’ve adjusted my habit accordingly. Feel free to do so too because every little bit of care counts.
1. Piff the coffee pods
These things – despite George Clooney’s mug being attached to them – are ghastly suckers. Thanks to George’s thumb’s up (in part) billions of coffee pods are ending up in landfill each year. Last year, Choice reported Nespresso alone had sold 28 billion such pods worldwide – about 28 million kilograms of aluminium. Sure, they’re recycle. But in practice they rarely are, particularly the plastic ones, which are the more common, cheaper version. Plus this: hot water passing through the pod essentially “cooks” the plastic and the substances in the pod’s lining is leaked into your coffee. This may or may not bother you.
2. Give up your takeaway cup habit…the lids are poisoning you
Disposable cups are a travesty. When the hot liquid passes through the plastic lid as you drink your coffee, it has been shown BPA is drawn out of the plastic by the acidity levels and the heat. BPA is a known thyroid/endocrine disruptor, a tedious chemical which binds to hormone receptors and impairs all kinds of really important endocrine functions. The particular plastic used for these lids is a denser form of Styrofoam and has also been shown to increase cancer risk. The thing about BPAs you probably need to know is that even low exposure can wreak havoc (particularly for anyone with an autoimmune disease).
Apparently we have more than one kilo of undigested plastic in our systems from ingesting our foods via bourgeois acroutements like takeaway coffee cups. To find out how to tell which plastics are toxic, check out my post on hazards to avoid. Most coffee lids fall in the 6 or 7 category. That’s bad. This also means they can’t be recycled. Take-home: Skip the lid. Or, waaaaaay better: Embrace a Keep Cup. I have. I’ve encouraged the I Quit Sugar team to do the same.
3. Coffee and cigarettes: a toxic melange
According to journalist Murray Carpenter in his new book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps Us, Hurts, and Hooks Us, smoking sees you metabolise coffee twice as fast…so you’re less sensitised and, as a result, reach for more. And more. How so? Smoking increases enzymes in the liver that break down caffeine. A fag with your joe means the hit is weaker.
4. Organic only… and not just cos it’s bourgeois
Coffee is one of the most chemically treated crops in the world. According to the CS Monitor, up to 120 kgs of chemical fertilisers are sprayed per acre of non-organic coffee. When you sip your conventional coffee, you’re sipping on the pesticide residues, which contribute to many health problems including cancer and miscarriages in pregnant women.
5. Better still, buy Australian organic coffee
Always buy certified organic Australian-grown coffee. All imported organic coffee is sprayed by customs in quarantine on arrival into Australia…so you’re still hit with nasty chemicals. No pesticides or insecticides are used in Australian-grown coffee as we don’t have the pests prevalent in imported coffee.
6. OK, OK…and try it with butter
Granted, the header was deceptive, clickbait-y almost. Because a post on improving your coffee drinking habit probably should include this whole bulletproof coffee caper. I wrote about it over at I Quit Sugar.
But this gist is this: With the addition of butter in coffee, your regular caffeine rush is slowed down, providing sustained energy (and better on your adrenals too). You probably won’t need a second cup!
7. If you have adrenal issues, none is best
I’m constantly asked if I drink coffee given I have an AI. I do. At the moment. But truth be known, I know I’m probably drinking a touch too much (about 5 cups a week). To read more about the specifics of how coffee can affect anyone with hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysregulation (ie adrenal issues), check out Chris Kresser’s post.
Hope that helps. Hope you can add more. Hope you have a nice day….