Caffeine Chronicles

Java lovers, rejoice: Coffee doesn't pose a cancer risk, WHO panel says

Go on, have that second cup of coffee. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirmed that coffee is not a carcinogen. In fact, it even shows signs of health benefits, including protections against cancers of the liver, uterus and colon. Drinking coffee regularly has even been associated with longer life and a decreased risk of diabetes. However, the WHO also found that while coffee itself does not pose a cancer risk, excessively hot temperatures of drinks may do so. Drinks like mate in South America and tea in Asian countries are typically drunk at very high temperatures, which has been associated with esophageal cancer. (NPR, 06.15.2016)