Does Coffee Contain a Carcinogen? Here’s What the Science Says

If a lawsuit in California is successful, Golden State stores that sell coffee will have to warn customers that drinking a cup of joe may be a cancer risk, according to news reports.

But coffee companies argue that although coffee does contain a possible carcinogen — a chemical called acrylamide — it isn’t present in the drink in levels that are high enough to increase the risk of cancer in people.

So, what does the science say? Can the acrylamide lurking in coffee increase a person’s odds of developing cancer? [10 Things You Need to Know About Coffee]

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