Mo’ Cups of Joe: Coffee May Protect Against Cancer

Music to a sleep-deprived mom’s ears.

A panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization concluded this week that regularly drinking coffee could actually protect against at least two types of cancer, a decision that followed decades of research pointing to the beverage’s many health benefits. The panel also said there was a lack of evidence that it might cause other types of cancer.

In other words, fill ‘er up!

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The announcement marked a rare reversal for the panel, which had previously described coffee as “possibly carcinogenic” back in 1991 and linked it to bladder cancer. But since then a large body of research has linked coffee to lower rates of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, neurological disorders and several cancers in those who drink it regularly.

However, they did uncover one surprising risk for coffee and tea drinkers: They said that drinking “very hot” beverages was “probably carcinogenic,” because the practice was linked to esophageal cancer in some studies. So before you do this…

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Be sure to let it cool off.

Candy Kirby

Candy is the founder of The Mom Beat and a humor columnist whose work as appeared in Redbook, Nickelodeon's NickMom, Disney's BabyZone, HelloGiggles and eHow. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation.