The Coffee Pendulum Swings Again

Rejoice! Coffee is good for you again; as usual, the tide has shifted and your favorite morning beverage is back on the table.  The World Health Organization has concluded that coffee does not pose a cancer risk, and a regular habit of drinking coffee might even have a positive health effect.

Coffee is no stranger to the spotlight–good or bad.  In 1991, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer listed coffee as a possible carcinogen based on “limited evidence” that coffee was associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer.  However, the past 25 years have changed the evidence in a new direction.  Researchers reviewed more than 500 studies on over 20 different types of cancer and concluded that coffee might actually help prevent against uterus and liver cancers, and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Consider replacing your pour-over with cold brew, though; research is also turning up some connection between consumption of very hot beverages and the risk of esophageal cancer.

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