The World Health Organization says that hot beverages such as coffee, could increase the risk for esophageal cancer if they are very hot.
me like it hot. But a new report from the World Health Organization suggests that when it comes to beverages such as coffee, liking it too hot may increase the risk for esophageal cancer.
The warning, issued Wednesday, follows an exhaustive review of studies on coffee, tea and cancer by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. A working group of 23 scientists declared that drinking beverages hotter than 149 degrees Fahrenheit is “probably carcinogenic to humans” — a category that also includes red meat, the pesticide DDT and the human papillomavirus.
However, the report makes clear that it is temperature that makes an espresso, cappuccino or plain old cup of joe risky — not the coffee itself. The panel downgraded coffee from its former status as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” to a category of items whose cancer risk is “unclassifiable.”
“As a heavy coffee drinker, I have always enjoyed my coffee guilt-free,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “But now there is scientific evidence to justify that.”
Indeed, America’s 130 million daily coffee drinkers are likely to feel vindicated by the report. The expert panel said that coffee may actually reduce the risk of liver and endometrial cancers. They also cleared it of any role in causing cancers of the breast, uterus and prostate.
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