Is the plastic in Keurig coffee makers Toxic?
Most of us know that keeping heat away from plastic is the biggest way to avoid plastic toxins in your life. However, if you’re a little slow like me, maybe it took you a while to make the hot coffee and plastic connection…
(Scroll down if you just want the list of our favorite no-plastic coffee making gadgets.)
What's so bad about plastic, and IS the plastic in Keurig coffee makers toxic?
Notice the picture above — I’ve never had one of those convenient, but expensive, Keurig coffee makers, which uses pricey individual coffee refill packages made of plastic — can you say endocrine disruptors? But we did have a typical coffee maker on the counter with plastic all through it, and at one time I also used a plastic one-cup “pour-over” type of gadget for my everyday coffee…
NOPE, none of these are safe!
Plastics contain dangerous chemicals, especially if they're near heat, and here are just two of them: “phthalates” and “BPA” (Bisphenol A)…
In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. (Source)
BPA mimics estrogen in our bodies and it can leach from certain plastics. These can mess with the hormones in our bodies which can lead to changes in the start of puberty, hyperactivity, low sex drive, increased fat formation, changes in reproductive cycles and structural damage to the brain – the very things we were trying to get away from by drinking hormone-free milk (or raw milk) and our higher quality healthy meats! Our bodies are super sensitive to sex hormones so even a little can disrupt things. These substances have also been linked to cancer. (Big surprise, something else is linked to cancer.) Read more in this article.
When I began thinking more about this, I knew I had to do my research, and here’s what I ended up with…
What we use for coffee now, all plastic-free!
First of all, if you're concerned about whether the plastic in Keurig coffee makers is toxic, and now you're convinced that yes it is, but you still want the convenience of a Keurig, at least get these no-plastic k-cups with organic coffee. Another option are these reusable stainless steel k-cups that you can use your own coffee in. I do still wonder about where there might be hot water touching plastic throughout the rest of the machine, but this is at least better.
We never ended up getting a Keurig though, and instead use the following…
- I love our percolator coffeemaker, made of all stainless steel. We only use this one on the weekends or when we have company over and want a lot at once. Some people say percolator coffee tastes better than coffee in a regular coffee pot, but I don’t notice a difference. It just feels good knowing that it’s not touching any plastic.
- I bought this new pour-over type one-cup coffee maker made of porcelain for everyday use, instead of making a whole pot in the percolator. You just put the filter in, add your favorite coffee, pour hot water over the top and it drips into your cup. There are others who say this is the only way they like their coffee, but again, I don’t notice any difference. (It all tastes good to me as long as it’s not dark or acidic tasting like nasty Starbucks.)
- With the one-cup coffee maker above, I just use hot water from our hot water tap at the sink, or a teapot works too. Read how this helps me avoid using the microwave. (By the way, have you seen our kitchen remodel pictures or have you read about why we ditched reverse osmosis water?)
- Notice the ‘natural’ filters that I found with no bleach. I’m going to have me a darn good cup a coffee before I’m done with this whole ordeal! Here are the unbleached filters OR I recently found these reusable cloth filters, but they're not as handy.
- When I do get coffee from a coffee shop, I always bring my stainless steel refill cup so I don’t have to use their nasty plastic or Styrofoam “chemical” cups.
- (Also, in this Plastic Dangers post are links to which products we love now for plastic alternatives as far as drinking cups, baby bottles, sippy cups, and safe water bottles we use for the kids to take to school or practice, etc.)
So don't hate me for telling you to avoid the plastic in Keurig coffee makers.
I’m really not a paranoid, super anal person… well, not as bad as this post is making me sound, anyway! I just like to avoid the junk wherever I can, and these new gadgets make it easy.
Should we even drink coffee?
You may be wondering about this. Read what my friend, Kristen, has to say in this balanced post: Should you drink coffee, she basically says that a little may even be beneficial, as long as you have no issues from drinking it. And here's a little more on that from Dr. Teplitsky:
“There is a persistent belief that tea (especially green tea) is good, but coffee is bad. Many think that coffee can cause high blood pressure and even increase the risk of heart disease and that in general it should be avoided. However, it is not true. In fact, coffee is full of beneficial substances, especially antioxidants, that are just as good as those found in tea leaves.”
One more quote:
“According to WebMD, people who drink coffee are less likely to have diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia. And they may have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and reduced risk of stroke.” (Source.)
I don’t drink it every single day, just most days.
I don’t like it sweet, just black or with real cream. So I’m not planning to stop anytime soon. If I sound like the person justifying their one-pop-a-day habit, then I’ll just say that a cup of unsweetened coffee a day is a MUCH better choice!
Those of you who drink a frou-frou, sugar-loaded, or sugar-free (just as bad or worse), $4 a day cup of coffee, though…… Umm, you might want to get a new habit in place…just sayin’…
Other hot drinks:
- Here's a whole list of healthy alternatives to coffee for you to scroll through.
- I like tea now and then if I’ve already had some coffee that day and want another hot drink (or a cold refreshing drink in the summer). Here’s where you can get a delicious and safe cup of tea.
- I looooove sipping on a hot cup of homemade broth on cold mornings.
Is the plastic in Keurig coffee makers toxic? Now that you've read this, let me know what you think, and what’s your favorite hot bevie?
More you might like:
- Have you seen this one about redeeming my morning coffee? (What you should or should not be adding to your coffee.)
- Here’s some great info from Zingerman’s on their coffee and brewing methods. They show different options for brewing coffee at home. (I saw most of these gadgets on Amazon.)
- Here are all sorts of nourishing beverage recipes that you may not have seen yet.