North San Juan, CA — We all love our morning cup of coffee, but Merrilee Longshoes has some real concerns.
“Did you know that coffee contains over 1,000 chemical compounds?” she queried from her North San Juan home. “And that fewer than 30 of those have been subjected to scientific scrutiny to examine possible deleterious health effects?”
Ms. Longshoes proceeded to hand me a sheet of paper titled “Chemical Compounds Found in Coffee” with a long list of strange sounding names, including anhydrides, esters, lactones, phenols, furans, pyrnas, thiophenes, pyrroles, oxazoles, thiazoles, and nitrogenous compounds, to name just a few.
“It gets worse” Ms. Longshoes continued. “Rarely are we as consumers warned about the most abundant of these chemical compoundsâ€”one that is so plentiful that it makes up over 50% of each cup we drink” she exclaimed, her eyes widening. “This compound is made up of only two elements: Hydrogen and oxygen.”
She then explained further that hydrogen is an explosive gas, and was used to inflate the Hindenburg dirigible when it exploded in 1937 killing all on board. Oxygen, although necessary for life in its pure form, readily forms the deadly gas hydrogen monoxide when combined with hydrogen gas which is in the air we breathe.
Dr. Brian Pedersen answers coffee queries
“Do you really want to be consuming a beverage that contains two deadly gases? I sure don’t!” she declared.
I visited Dr. Brian Pedersen at his Smartsville clinic to get a medical perspective.
“Sure, coffee has some potentially dangerous chemicals in it, but it has proved to be generally safe for most people” he opined. When asked about the hydrogen/oxygen compound that so concerned Ms. Longshoes he scoffed, “Don’t be stupid! You’re kidding me, right?”