The US consumes one-fifth of the world’s supply of coffee. If you can barely make it through the day without your caffeine fix, you must know what goes into your coffee. Chances are, your cuppa contains corn, wheat, rice, rye, barley, seed husks, even sticks and mold.

While prices for coffee are rising in America, supplies are running out, thanks to the climate change which is causing droughts in coffee-growing countries like Brazil. To deal with the shortage, suppliers often mix all sorts of fillers that go undetected in the dark color and the deep texture of coffee. In the name of coffee, you could be consuming impurities that may upset your tummy, or cause even more serious health issues over time.

As a simple solution, switch to certified organic coffees, which are pure, and sourced responsibly. Since they’re grown in the shade, they don’t require the cutting down of precious forests. Being pesticide-free, they spare the environment and the workers from harmful toxins. The next time you pop into a coffee shop, bring your own mug: you don’t want to expose yourself to the cancer-causing chemicals present in non-recyclable polystyrene foam cups used by most chains.

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