By Amber-Ray Davidson, Student Nutritionist
No, seriously. I didn't know either. Back in 1991, the World Health Organization released some research that discusses the possible carcinogenic effects of coffee. Evidence suggested that coffee consumption could lead to bladder cancer and play a role in prostate and pancreatic cancers. However, an article released today by the Wall Street Journal informs us that WHO has dropped the carcinogenic classification. In fact, they have also found evidence suggesting that coffee reduces the risk of liver and uterine cancers. WHO is a bit late to the party, seen as other organizations have been on the safe consumption bandwagon. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has found research to suggest that consuming too-hot beverages has a carcinogenic effect. Just to be on the safe side, let that coffee cool a bit before you take a drink.
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