What Does it Mean When Your Coffee has Mycotoxins

Oct 30, 2015 06:00 PM EDT | By Sai Lopez

That first cup of coffee is a classic happiness for those people in need of their morning caffeine fix, regardless if it is processed with sugar, milk or simply black. But how about an impact of mycotoxins? A recent study validates the existence of these harmful metabolites created by fungi in commercial coffee samples, towards the issues about probable community health hazard.

The research led by Dr. Emilia Ferrer of the University of Valencia in Spain - was written in the journal Food Control.

Mycotoxins, as Dr. Ferrer and her colleagues explains it, are compounds created by a threadlike fungi - such as Fusarium or Aspergillus  - that usually becomes the root-cause of illness and other health related concerns. These combinations can be fatal and may impact the hormones and eventually, the immune system.

Mycotoxicoses is the hazardous effect of mycotoxins on human and animal health conditions. Exposure to these mixtures is normally by ingestion, but it can also take place by inhalation or through the skin.

Public concern in mycotoxins came about in 1960, when turkey X disease - a form of mycotoxicosis that was associated to animal feed - arose in farm animals in England, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Consequently, it came to an idea that these toxins are hepatocarcinogens - agents that can cause cancer of the liver - and hence started more comprehensive studies about mycotoxins.

The existence of these hazards on nuts, grains and other products that are easily exposed to mold is being determined by several environmental circumstances, such as humidity, temperature and amount of rainfall amid harvesting seasons.

For the reason that the existence of mycotoxins in feeds and food is entirely inevitable, guidelines would grant limited amounts of these toxins to be present in these commodities

In their recent study, the experts accomplished their findings by utilizing a methodology called liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), which consists of pairing a molecular separation technique with another technique to precisely classify molecules conforming to their weights.


© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Chicago School Officials Address Junk Food

Latest Trend Show Soda Losing Its Appeal Fast

A recent Mintel study shows that a quarter of American no longer ordering soft drinks in restaurants compared to a year ago.

McDonald's Reports Record November Sales Up 14.9 Percent

Unusual McDonald's Outlet Offers No Seating For Patrons

A new McDonald's concept outlet has to dining area. Instead, it offers a 'walk up" window to serve customers on foot. Food from this particular McDonald's store are all ordered to go.

Stall Holders Brave The Extreme Cold To Sell Food On The Wintry Roads Of Siberia

Pineapple & Bubblegum Flavored Strawberries Launched in Australia

Raintree Nursery has launched pineberries (or pineapple flavored strawberries) and bubblegum flavored strawberries in Australia, which are absolutely "fabulous".

Food Tech
Mmm... breakfast burrito

Burrit-OH! App: True Love Might Just Come With An Extra Hot Sauce

A new app wants you to find your perfect match solely based on burrito preferences.

Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO

Environmentally Conscious Canadian Creates An App For Budget Foodies

Feeling responsible for the planet, Pellegrini decided to make an app that could prevent leftover foods in eateries from making a trip to the landfill.

Planet Mars Shows Signs Of Liquid Water

Vegan Diet Could Attract Alien Activity

Cosmic mythologist and medical astrologist Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, posited that our diet as humans play an important role in attracting alien life into Earth.

Real Time Analytics