news: Coffee is no longer thought to possibly cause cancer.
World Health Organizationís International Agency for
Research on Cancer (IARC) on Wednesday downgraded your cup of
joe, saying thereís not enough proof to show a link to
hot drinks (more than 150-160 degrees) were added to the list
of items that probably cause cancer, however.
those the same thing?
entirely. Thatís hotter than drinks are typically served in
these parts, though that does highlight the somewhat confusing
nature of food science and health information floating out
research refines scientistsí understanding of health, it can
seem like the goal posts are always moving.
evil one year and not so bad (maybe) a few years later. Wine
has helpful components, but alcohol causes cancer. Americans
need to lower their salt intake dramatically one year, and
then the limit rises.
are closer to consensus on coffee, if deeming it
"unclassifiable" counts as consensus.
how that went down:
was added to the IARCís "possibly carcinogenic to
humans" list in 1991 after limited research on bladder
cancer. This year, the agency re-evaluated coffee and analyzed
more than 1,000 studies on the drink.
results were all over the map. Some studies showed coffee
reduced the incidence of liver cancer; others showed an
increase in bladder cancer for men. But those might best be
explained by associations with tobacco smoking, a practice the
IARC found was linked to heavy coffee drinkers.
coffee drinking was evaluated as unclassifiable as to its
carcinogenicity to humans," the IARC concluded.
health officials have been more generous. The Obama
administrationís most recent dietary guidelines found:
coffee consumption (three to five 8-ounce cups/day or
providing up to 400 mg/day of caffeine) can be incorporated
into healthy eating patterns Ö and not associated with an
increased risk of major chronic diseases (e.g., cancer) or
premature death," the report said.
scientific report behind the guidelines said coffee could be
associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and reduced
rate of cardiovascular disease.
lovers could remain disappointed, however, as several of their
other vices remain on the IARCís list of cancer causers: the
alcohol in a mimosa, processed or smoked meats like bacon or
sausage ó even hash browns, since frying food is probably
least you can rest easy as you wash down all those
cancer-causing substances with a nice, not-too-hot cup of