World Health Organisation has published its long awaited report on the carcinogenic effects of coffee consumption. Researchers did not find any evidence strong enough to accuse coffee of being carcinogenic in nature. However, researchers concluded that drinking hot beverages, irrespective of the kind of caffeinated beverage, could cause esophageal cancer.
The findings of the study are of paramount importance. Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer and one of the leading causes of death caused by cancer. In 2012 alone, 400,000 people fell prey to esophageal cancer.
Smoking and alcohol consumption have been found to be a leading cause of esophageal cancer. However, researchers found these two factors to be responsible for causing esophageal cancer in the developed world. This finding prompted researchers to look for reasons as to why there is a high incidence of esophageal cancer in Asia, Africa and South America. Results showed that the largest number of consumers of hot beverages reside in these regions. In the report, researchers suggested that they found an unexpected link which proves that consumption of very hot coffee and tea could be carcinogenic.
After an in depth analysis of numerous studies, researchers also concluded that drinking coffee actually reduces the risk of liver and uterine cancer. In 2015, a similar conclusion was drawn by World Cancer Research Fund International declared that coffee prevents a number of different types of cancer.
In 1991, the WHO panel concluded that coffee could possibly be carcinogenic in nature. The findings perturbed coffee consumers especially in the developed world where there is a high rate of coffee consumption.
Now that the researchers have given a clean slate to coffee and tea consumption, enthusiasts throughout the world can sit back and sip their beloved hot beverage without worrying about cancer. Just make sure your coffee isnt too hot.