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Acrylamide can be found in any coffee made from roasted beans. An acrylamide is generated when coffee is roasted, including instant coffee.

The type of beans used or the amount of time they are roasted have no effect on the acrylamide concentration.

Roasted coffee beans contain trace levels of an amino acid known as acrylamide. When taken in large quantities, acrylamide can be dangerous. Some others worry that it could potentially cause cancer.

Early in the roasting process, acrylamide is formed. Using this method, the coffee is deeper in color and has a more pronounced bitterness.

Alternatives to coffee made from grains and chicory root had the highest concentration of acrylamide at 818 micrograms per kilogram (mcg/kg).

Concentrations of acrylamide in instant coffee have been observed to reach a whopping 358 micrograms per kilogram.

Natural roasted coffee had the lowest acrylamide concentrations of the three, at 179 mcg/kg.

However, despite the fact that coffee contains acrylamide, research shows that regular coffee consumption can benefit health and even protect against certain types of cancer.

To minimize acrylamide in their beans, coffee firms have traditionally reduced acrylamide by storing or roasting their beans at lower temperatures or holding them for longer periods of time.

There is just one type of coffee that does not contain acrylamide: unroasted or green coffee beans. Coffees that have not been roasted can taste significantly different from those that have.

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By: Douglas

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