Experts Say Coffee May Help Protect Against Cancer
After years of research backing up claims for coffee's various health benefits -- including lower rates of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some neurological disorders -- a panel of scientists organized by the World Health Organization has concluded that drinking coffee on a regular basis could help protect against some types of cancer.
About half of adult Americans drink coffee every day, and more than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world.
In the W.H.O. report issued on June 15, researchers did identify one specific risk for both coffee and tea drinkers, pointing out that regularly drinking "very hot" beverages was "probably carcinogenic," as the behavior has been linked to esophageal cancer in some studies. However, letting hot coffee or tea cool off for just a few minutes before downing it could help habitual drinkers avoid that risk.