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16-11-2015

The WHO Has Added Coffee To The List Of Foods That May Cause Cancer.

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The World Health Organisation has recently made headlines with an announcement that listed processed meats as sources of cancer-causing carcinogenic compounds. Although we are all aware that the chemicals contained within many of these meats are known to be unhealthy, the WHO took this notion up a notch by observing that excess consumption of certain meats has been directly linked to cancer. However, a controversy has erupted in regards to a similar claim that coffee is another substance to avoid. Just how true is this statement and what do others have to say about it? Let's take a closer look.

Findings of the WHO and Their Impact

We should first note that anything which is consumed in excess can lead to potentially hazardous side effects. In the case of coffee, high amounts of caffeine are known to be associated with nervousness and heightened levels of anxiety. Consuming too much red meat may likewise cause colon cancer and other health issues over time.
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, it is just as important to realise that the recent findings are based off of a limited amount of evidence. This has been pointed out in numerous articles and proponents of coffee observe that there is no concrete relation between this drink and any form of cancer. This naturally leaves us scratching our heads. Where did the World Health Organisation obtain their data?

Findings of the IARC

Some of the stigma surrounding coffee originally arose from findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In 1991, a study was published which stated that coffee was "possibly carcinogenic to the urinary bladder" (2). Not only did this group admit that the association was "weak", but they stated that other factors may not have been taken into account. Additionally, they found absolutely no evidence that coffee was linked to any other forms of cancer. Still, such findings may have unintentionally placed this drink under more scrutiny.
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