If I have high cholesterol, should I drink coffee? No one really knows for sure. Whether you are healthy or have high cholesterol, it comes down to a personal choice and how you view coffee. Some experts believe that coffee is bad for your health because it can lead to heart disease, hypertension, cancer and addiction. Other experts believe that coffee is a wonderful antioxidant, which can improve or help cells, or repair them in our bodies, and lower our bad cholesterol.
What we do know is that chemicals and carcinogens occur naturally in coffee. They include: acetaldehyde, acetic acid, acetone, atractylosides, butanol, cafestol, palmitate, chlorogenic acid, dimethyl sulfide, ethanol. furan, furfural, guaiacol, hydrogen sulfide, isoprene, methyl, glyoxal, propionaldehyde, pyridine, and 1,3,7,-trimethylxanthine.
If you buy non-organic coffee, there is a good chance that you will also be drinking trace amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. Consuming coffee moderately, however, does not elevate a person's risk of developing cancer because our body detoxifies small doses of these chemicals found in food.
There is a debate between filtered and non-filtered coffee and decaf and caffeinated coffee. Most of the research is still inconclusive, but what we do know based on the extensive research already done is that coffee affects people differently, so what might be good for you might not be so good for someone else.