World Health Organization: Coffee Doesn't Cause Cancer, But Scalding Beverages Might
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) lovers can continue enjoying their hot beverages, so long as it isn't served too hot.
According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization's cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), there is no conclusive proof that drinking coffee causes cancer. However, the agency did find that drinking any form of "very hot" drink is probably carcinogenic.
The IARC's position was that coffee is "possibly carcinogenic," and following its latest study, the agency will reverse the warning. In fact, Reuters noted that several data points in the study showed drinking coffee could reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
What Is Dangerous
The IARC's study did find that drinking any hot beverage, as defined by above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit), probably does cause cancer of the esophagus. This includes coffee beverages, tea and even plain hot water.
Esophageal is the eighth most common cause of cancer worldwide, with a very high death rate.
"We say: be prudent, let hot drinks cool down," Gregory Hartl, a World Health Organization spokesperson told Reuters, adding that the WHO's best advice for consumers is to "not consume foods or drinks when they are at a very hot — scalding hot — temperature."
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