Cancer or other health problems, like disrupted hormones or metabolisms? I used to love my Keurig machine, but I’ve been feeling uneasy about it for a long time now and I have finally decided to get rid of it and go back to a plain old coffee maker with a glass pot. How can running boiling water (that was sitting hot in a plastic tank, ready to use) through a plastic machine, then through a thin plastic cup be safe? How many chemicals do you think leach into your beverage? How many times a day do you use this super convenient machine? Does your office or home have one? Maybe you are downing a cupful of chemicals more than a handful of times each day.
I have had constant acid reflux issues for months and months, if not over a year. It lasts all day long and I am always coughing, clearing my throat and having a lot of post nasal drip. My voice even changes when it gets really bad. I noticed that it gets much worse after my morning coffee and then again after an afternoon coffee or tea. Even after tea at bedtime. Even if I use the machine just for hot water to make oatmeal. I thought it was a caffeine issue or even a lactose problem. So I’d stop drinking hot beverages at home and it would clear up. But wait – if I have a brewed tea made in a kettle at someone’s house or have a coffee or tea from Tim Horton’s, I am perfectly fine. Hmmm… It must be the Keurig machine.
After having a conversation about it with a family member, I came to find out that they were having bad stomach pains after drinking coffee from their Keurig machine but had never thought much about it until I mentioned my experience. Coincidence? I decided to Google it and see if anyone else was having concerns and lots of information came up. Lead in the machine is concerning – the owner’s manual even warns of cancer risk. One blog I found had some very interesting information about various health issues that the machines could be causing.
I’m not just picking on Keurig either. I know there are several other single serve machines out there that could also be leaching chemicals into our drinks. But Keurig is one of the only ones I know of that uses the plastic k-cups and not the sachet-type bags or disks. But seeing as I have reflux issues after making tea with my own tea bag or making oatmeal, both using just the hot water from the machine, I suspect the chemical leaching happens within the machine before it ever even hits the plastic k-cup.
The single serve insanity is fairly new, so it would be almost impossible to know the dangers of these machines yet. But give it a few years and I’d almost guarantee that we will come to find out that they have serious health implications, which is scary considering that almost every household now owns one. If you own one, consider going back to the “old fashioned” way of making coffee. If you are looking for the perfect Christmas or birthday gift to give a loved one, skip past the single serve brewer section. Convenient coffee is not worth the cancer risk.
By the way – today I boiled my tea water in a pot on the stove and I have not had any acid or lump-in-the-throat feeling all day!