Celebrities are not the only people likely to be seen with a takeout coffee cup in their hand. Chances are the cup holder in your car or your desk at work also features a foam cup filled with some sort of coffee drink. With designer blends, custom roasts and delicious flavors and toppings, a stop at the local coffee shop is now an accepted part of the normal daily routine for most people. But is that daily coffee putting your health at risk?
The Problem is the Cup?
Caffeine has had its problems with the medical community in the past, but according to recent studies, the actual cup may offer the bigger risk to our health. Styrofoam, polystyrene and several other disposable coffee cups are made from a type of plastic that contains additives known to have an detrimental effect on human hormones. In fact, at least four of the most common ones are now known to release a chemical that the body may mistake for estrogen.
BPA-Free is Not Enough
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, has been removed from many plastic resins in the past few years after studies showed it to be unsafe. This resulted in labeling for everything from disposable tableware to baby bottles as being BPA-Free. Now, however, researchers are finding that simply removing the BPA was not enough and the problem may actually lie with the plastic resin itself, or additives such as the dyes that are added to the resin.
What Coffee Lovers Can Do
Thankfully there is a way to enjoy that daily coffee without worry. Mopfrog of Brooklyn suggests purchasing an attractive, spill-proof travel mug or cup with a stainless steel or ceramic liner.
Use the cup when making coffee at home or in the office instead of reaching for a disposable cup. If you must stop at a coffee shop, take your cup with you and ask them to make your drink in it, instead of plastic. Not only will you be protecting your body from the dangers of plastic, you will also be treading a little more lightly on the earth!