A panel of experts assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) have reversed their opinion on coffee and concluded that drinking coffee regularly can actually protect people against certain cancers.
The coffee cancer reversal was made after compiling decades of information pointing towards the health benefits of coffee including lowering; heart rate, neurological disorders, cancer, and the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The report outlined that coffee, or any hot beverage, was “probably carcinogenic” when consumed at a high heat and could be linked to esophageal cancer. This is due to the temperature of the coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, etc, and not the actual coffee.
Another study in 1991 did link coffee to bladder cancer but again it was only “possibly carcinogenic” and WHO has reversed this claim now saying that smoking and other outside factors were not taking into consideration at the time. Not only have the decisions that coffee is cancerous now been reversed, but drinking coffee may also reverse the growth of cancer cells.
Geoffrey Kabat, a cancer epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, noted that drinking coffee produced “strong antioxidant effects” in clinical trials, and that it promoted the death of cancer cells in laboratory studies.
Many health experts now encourage drinking coffee as part of a healthy diet, according to The New York Times. But caffeine addicts should not get too carried away. The health benefits from coffee are related to black coffee. Adding sugar and dairy decrease the health benefits and add calories, fats, and sugars.
The federal government’s 2015 dietary guidelines said there was “strong evidence” that three to five cups of coffee daily or “moderate” consumption can reduce chronic disease, and the World Cancer Research Fund International has said that coffee actually protects against multiple types of cancer.
Several studies involving millions of people have found that regular coffee drinkers live longer than others, but Kabat says more research needs to be done, and no one needs to avoid coffee.
“What the evidence shows over all is that coffee drinking is associated with either reduced risk of several cancers or certainly no clear increase in other cancers,” he said.
“There’s a strong signal that this is probably not something that we need to be worrying about.”
It seems most Americans have not been worrying about the coffee cancer myth even before the reversal. Some 130 million cups of coffee are drunk every day in America, and more than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily worldwide, and the amount of coffee drinkers is on the rise.
Since 2011, the coffee industry has grown at a rate of 2.5 percent per year globally and Americans spent $74.2 billion in 2015 on the bitter morning pick-me-up, according to the Daily Meal.
Coffee is so popular in America that it is now the most popular beverage in the U.S., surpassing even tap water, according to the National Coffee Association. The average coffee drinking American drinks three cups a day so would be getting all of the benefits.
So despite the coffee cancer reversal, the bean industry probably will not feel the difference, but people can feel better about enjoying a cup of coffee.
Find our top reasons to have another cup of black coffee below:
- Coffee may help you lose weight
- Coffee boosts your physical performance
- Coffee helps you burn fat
- Coffee helps you focus and stay alert
- Coffee lowers risk of death
- Coffee reduces risk of cancers
- Coffee reduces risk of stroke
- Coffee reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease
- Coffee protects your body
- Coffee may lower risk of Type II diabetes
- Coffee protects your brain
- Coffee brightens your mood, helps fight depression and lowers risk of suicide
What your favorite reason to drink coffee? Let us know in the comment section below.
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