If you are a coffee fan, pour yourself another cup while you read this!
More than half of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. Despite the fact that Americans are famous for running on coffee, the US is not even in the top 15 countries list for the highest coffee consumption. European countries such as the Netherlands have the highest per capita consumption of coffee in the world.
Cancer and Coffee: Is there a link?
There has been a long-standing debate whether drinking too much coffee might cause cancer. In 1991, the WHO classified coffee in the “possibly carcinogenic group”. However, there is a good news for all coffee lovers: this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that coffee does NOT cause cancer!
23 scientists from 10 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to evaluate 1000 observational and experimental studies about the carcinogenic effects of drinking coffee, mate and very hot beverages. Not only was there no suggestion that coffee causes cancer, coffee may reduce your risk of colon, rectum, and breast cancer.
Coffee has been found to be beneficial to our body:
- Coffee decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke
- Drinking coffee can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Coffee also protects against gallstones
- There is a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease associated with coffee.
Scientists suggest that drinking hot beverages above 65oF may be a concern.However, there is a need for more substantial studies to prove the link between hot beverages (above 65 degrees F) and cancer.
In the meantime, coffee lovers, beware of hot coffee beverages! But you can most certainly enjoy an iced coffee or latte, especially during the summer!