WHO’s cancer research wing reclassifies coffee
“Coffee Drinkers Live Longer” the National Coffee Association (NCA) declared following the news that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an official body of both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations has positively reclassified coffee.
The experts concluded coffee could no longer be classified as a possible carcinogen and the WHO body says there is evidence that coffee drinking actually lowers the risk of developing specific cancers. The finding is the first time a food or beverage item has ever been positively reclassified by top scientists from all over the world who met in special session in France.
“The World Health Organisation’s IARC finding is great news and highly significant for coffee drinkers and confirms evidence from an avalanche of studies by highly respected and independent scientists,” said Bill Murray, president, of the NCA. “IARC considered all the science and concluded that regular coffee consumption could reduce the risk of liver cancer and a cancer in the lining of the uterus.”
He explained that separate analysis, from Harvard University amongst others, that followed millions of people suggests that coffee drinkers live longer than non coffee-drinkers. “In fact, research suggests this amazing beverage may actually help lower the risk of many different cancers and drinking between one and five cups a day is associated with lower rates of heart disease, neurological disorders and liver disease.
Murray pointed out that more than 130 million Americans who drink coffee every day can now do so with increased confidence, noting that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. He added that studies show coffee drinkers live longer, that coffee drinkers are more alert, and that coffee drinkers perform better at sports.
“Coffee drinkers have known for a long time that their go-to beverage is a super food,” said Murray. “Today we can brew or buy a cup with even more confidence thanks to science.”