Recent analysis of ground coffee has found some brands contain cheap fillers like corn, sugar, ground soybeans, or acai seeds. As you can imagine, there is huge global demand for coffee, and some fraudulent suppliers are bulking up ground coffee with cheap and nasty fillers. So far there haven’t been reliable ways to detect foreign material in coffee but a new test has been developed by scientists in Brazil.

Unfortunately, you can’t tell if ground coffee has been tampered with just by looking at it, so now scientists have started using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to analyze the coffee. This is actually the same test performed on herbal medicines, to ensure their safety and purity.

This type of testing is not yet commonly performed on coffee, so in the meantime, you may want to stick with a brand you trust, or grind your own beans. This is particularly important if you suffer from a food allergy or celiac disease.

Who knows what you could be ingesting in a cup of coffee!

Coffee actually has many health benefits for your liver. It can help to reduce the risk of liver inflammation and scarring. Read more.