Coffee, Decaf, Espresso Or Instant: All Brews May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

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Coffee, Decaf, Espresso Or Instant: All Brews May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Coffee has been found to lower the risk of colon cancer development.

This has certainly been a good decade for coffee lovers. Far from the guilty pleasure we once believed it, coffee has in recent years not only been exonerated, but it’s practically been heralded as a health food. Studies have linked it to reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, depression and even Parkinson’s disease and dementia. But there’s been some discussion about whether all types of coffee are created equal when it comes to health benefits, since the active compounds may be more or less present in, say, boiled vs. brewed or caffeinated vs. decaffeinated coffees. Now, a new study suggests that coffee of any description seems to offer some level of protection against colon cancer. Whether the same is true for other types of cancer isn’t so clear just yet.

The researchers, from the University of Southern California and Clalit National Israeli Cancer Control Center, looked at data from 5,100 people in Israel who had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and 4,000 people with no history of it. They asked them about their coffee habits, along with many other lifestyle habits. Specifically, the participants were asked what kinds of coffee they drank–espresso, decaf, regular, instant–and how much.

There was a clear connection between coffee drinking and not being diagnosed with colon cancer. People who drank between one and two cups per day had a 25% reduced chance of having colon cancer, and this reduction rose to 50% when a person drank more than two and a half cups per day. Even when variables like smoking, diet and family history were accounted for, the results still held true. And what was more striking was that the type of coffee didn’t seem to make a difference.

“We were somewhat surprised to see that caffeine did not seem to matter,” said study author Stephen Gruber. “We found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk.”

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