With more and more attention being given to environmental safety and preservation, more consumers today are choosing organic foods...including coffee. Many opt for the organic cup of joe because, as with other organic products, organic coffee beans are less harmful to the environment. They have a low impact on the environment, help replenish and maintain soil fertility, grow without harsh chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides, and are processed without the use of harsh chemicals. But there's more to organic coffee than meets the green. Organic coffee is chock-full of nutrients and heart-healthy vitamins. Drinking 100% organic coffee provides important antioxidants— natural enzymes that help prevent the onset of diseases and other common medical ailments. Studies show antioxidants can help prevent cancer and heart disease, while also reducing the risk of diabetes. 100% organic coffees are full of antioxidants largely because of the nutrient-rich soil they are grown in. Just as in regular coffee, organic coffee contains a natural energy booster through caffeine. The caffeine is in pure form, straight from the coffee bean plant, with no processing or chemicals.
When it comes to drinking decaffeinated coffee, regular coffee may be chemically decaffeinated, while organic is decaffeinated in a non-chemical, natural way, such as the Swiss Water method. Most conventionally produced coffees are decaffeinated by using toxic solvents such as methylene chloride and ethyl acetate. Organic coffee, however, must be decaffeinated using a certified organic decaffeination process to maintain the organic integrity of the beans. One of the most popular organic decaffeination processes, the Swiss Water process, uses only water to remove caffeine from the coffee beans.
So how can you be sure the coffee is actually organic? Look for the USDA Organic seal on any coffee product and you can be assured the coffee contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients and has been certified as organic by an accredited U.S. Department of Agriculture certification agency. The coffee label may also read "100 percent organic" or "Organic."
Considering the many health benefits of organic coffees, it's no wonder many people are switching to it in their quest for optimal health. Organic coffee is one way many of us can help our environment, which also helps ourselves.
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