Heres How All the Hype Started
A Judge in California recently ruled that the coffee sold in chains must be labeled with a cancer warning. Studies suggest that coffee can lead to cancer. This ruling had got the whole country scared to drink their favorite cup of joe. However, there are cancer experts that say coffee does not cause the disease.
Californian law states that businesses with ten or more employees need to disclose all toxic chemicals and carcinogens that are in the product they sell. One chemical, acrylamide, is classified as a potential 2A carcinogen. In other words, this chemical may cause cancer. You can find acrylamide in multiple processed foods and apparently even coffee.
You Can Pick Up Your Mug Now
Cancer experts say that many other lifestyle choices can lead to cancer. The suggestion that coffee leads to cancer is inconclusive.Experts say they haven’t seen a link that shows that coffee intake leads to cancer. In 2016 the theory was reviewed with great scrutiny. The International Agency for Reacher on Cancer of the World Health Organization took back its classification of coffee as a potential cause of cancer. Their review of the studies leads to no official conclusion.
Coffe was listed as a cancerous substance back in the year 1991. That same year, lead and chloroform were also added to the list of cancerous chemicals. However, coffee was tested on animals and studied in humans, and no conclusion about its carcinogenic effects arose.
Coffee Can Be Healthy
About 127 separate studies tested the effects of coffee on health. Their results surprisingly showed that caffeine and coffee actually might prevent specific types of cancer. These cancers include breast, prostate, colorectal, endometrial and colon cancer.
One specific study on the effects of coffee on the development of cancer found an interesting correlation. Women who drank 4 cups of coffee a day were 18% less likely to develop endometrial cancer in comparison to the women in the study who drank less coffee each day.
Drinking coffee has also been found to reduce the risk of developing Parkinsons, pregnancy loss and type 2 diabetes.
In August of 2017, the findings of these studies were published and declared that coffee can be part of a healthy diet.
Alice Bender, the director of nutrition at the American Institute for Cancer Research, adds her two cents in about the ruling on coffee. She says “It is a shame that something like this is getting so much attention and will scare people,”
Moderation is Key
So what is all the hype? When does drinking coffee become a health risk?
Drinking coffee can be dangerous when you drink it when it’s super hot. Studies from South America show that hot beverages at a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher can be linked to cancer.
Just like everything else, coffee is good in moderation. Too much of this caffeinated beverage may cause health complications.
Dr. Bruce Y. Lee of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health comments on the amount of coffee a person intakes “A cup of coffee a day; exposure probably is not that high. If you drink a lot of cups a day, this is one of the reasons you might consider cutting that down.”
In conclusion, there’s no conclusion about whether or not coffee causes cancer. However, there are conclusive correlated studies that show the benefits of drinking coffee in moderation. There is no need to throw away coffee altogether. What people need to watch is how much they drink and how hot their drinks are.