Everyone knows that October is the time to celebrate beer. Yet many people may not realize that the ballyhoo for another favorite brew—COFFEE—is celebrated in September. Beginning with Germany (September 1) and Costa Rica (September 2) the celebration of coffee has poured into all parts of the globe from Java to Jamaica.
And while Ireland and Mongolia have designated September 19 and 20 (respectively) their own National Coffee Days, more than 20 countries will be toast the roasted beans this week beginning September 28, with Switzerland, Mexico Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, India, Iceland, Ethiopia and Hungary and followed September 29th by the US, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, Slovakia, The Philippines, Scotland, South Africa South Africa and Sweden. Still, other countries such as China and Portugal celebrate in the spring, while Japan and Sri Lanka have chosen October 1.
Coffee and Cancer
In fact, the only place where coffee might not be feted this year seems to be California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxins (CERT) has brought a lawsuit designed to force retailers such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Seattle’s Best to add cancer warning labels to their coffees after claiming that they have neglected to follow the State’s Proposition 65 requiring notice of the presence of hazardous chemicals to residents there.
The chemical in question is acrylamide, a known carcinogen, which is produced in small amounts during the bean-roasting process. This may come as a shock to many people in light of the fact that coffee has been found to protect people from both colectoral and liver cancers, and has been cited by many researchers as “the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet.”
Meanwhile, Stanley Omaye, a professor of nutrition and toxicology at the University of Nevada called the suit ridiculous and told Chemistry world that. “Based on the animal studies, you would have to drink probably over 100 cups of coffee a day in order to get to that dangerous dose.”
Other health benefits now attributed to drinking coffee include lowering the risk of diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s; and cirrhosis of the liver; not to mention improving overall brain function and boosting metabolism to burn more body fat.
While many people question the actual nutritional value of coffee, the FDA reports that a single 8 ounce cup contains 11% of the RDA amount of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 6% of the RDA of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), 3% of the RDA of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of the RDA,. and Magnesium and Niacin.