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Do Decaf The Right Way

Switching to decaf coffee is supposed to be a healthier move, right?  Well, not necessarily, as I found out when I made the switch myself over a year ago. There are different methods out there to remove caffeine from coffee.  Some are safe and some are not. The most popular method is chemically removing the caffeine using chemicals classified as solvents.  A frequently used solvent is methylene chloride.  This is a chemical also found in paint strippers and varnishes as well as methamphetamine.  In the human body, this chemical produces carbon monoxide as it breaks down and can cause symptoms similar to that of carbon monoxide poisoning.  It is on the list of known carcinogens. The safest method for removing caffeine from coffee is called Swiss water decaffeination.  This method soaks coffee beans for a prolonged period in water to safely remove caffeine without chemical byproducts. When shopping for coffee, especially decaf, look for a coffee that says it is Swiss water decaffeinated on the label.  If the label doesn’t say the process used, chances are it’s chemical, but you can usually call the manufacturer and find out for sure.  Also, remember that coffee is one of the most highly sprayed and treated crops of all time when it comes to pesticides, so if you drink coffee on a regular basis, it is really worth your while to find a good organic coffee.