Coffee is Not Carcinogenic: WHO


Published Date : Jun 17, 2016

The World Health Organization has released a report on the effects of coffee on human health. After reviewing the scientific evidences found over the last 25 years, the regulatory body has concluded that coffee is not a carcinogen and has positive impacts for uterine and liver cancers. However, the consumption of very hot beverages has been linked to cancer. This has been concluded after studying the consumption trend of cimarrón in South America. The consumption of this traditional drink includes drinking tea at temperatures around 158 degrees Fahrenheit. 

According to Christopher Wild, the director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the results have pointed out that the consumption of very hot beverages can lead to oesophageal cancer. The cause is the temperature at which these beverages are consumed rather than the type of beverage. The decision to term coffee as non-carcinogenic has boosted the coffee industry. In the U.S., the National Coffee Association has welcomed the findings and report by the WHO. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2015, drinking five cups of coffee a day is fine. The latest positive finding about the effects of coffee is welcoming news for avid coffee drinkers worldwide. 

Does Freezing Beans Yield Tastier Coffee?   

According to a new study published in the Scientific Reports, freezing coffee beans produce consistently sized and smaller particles and yields better tasting coffee when grounded. However, experts recommend that cold does not necessarily preserve the integrity of beans. In the study, the coffee beans were kept in cold only for two hours. However, when the beans are stored in freezer, opening and closing the refrigerator door a number of times leads to increase in humidity. As a result, the coffee beans are defrosted and refreeze, leading to stale coffee.