It looks like Brown got ahead of everything before someone actually got sick, though. The FDA reports that no illnesses have been reported to date, which is a blessing, as botulism is a nasty disease. In May, a Sacramento, California woman contracted it after consuming gas station nacho cheese (almost always risky), leaving her unable to open her eyes. Canned goods can be particularly susceptible to growing botulism if they’re dented and researchers have even found it hanging out in vacuum bags.
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The disease, which comes from the toxin Clostridium botulinum , can be mistaken for a nasty case of food poisoning at first — early symptoms include fatigue and vomiting. But unlike other types of food poisoning, botulism can also cause breathing problems and difficulty swallowing, which are more dangerous. Motor function may also be affected and, unfortunately, approximately five percent of people who contract the illness die from respiratory issues or “the consequences of long-term paralysis.”
Some clean-eating habits may actually increase your exposure to botulism. While products with “no added nitrates” may be trendy, many products add nitrates because they reduce your risk of botulism and other food-borne illnesses. There’s no solid evidence that nitrates are linked to cancer (the reason some people decide to go without), which means that you’re generally better off having them in your food than not.
Aside from the botulism, Death Wish coffee definitely falls under a category of products that glorify the amped-up levels of stimulants they contain. Caffeine overdoses are real and deadly, and while normal-strength coffee can be part of a healthy diet, a steady flow of high-dose stimulants probably isn’t. So maybe just skip this line of coffee altogether.