You may have seen the reports. California may require a cancer warning on coffee. And you may have been surprised to learn coffee causes cancer.
Well, that’s because it doesn’t.
In fact, many studies suggest just the opposite. Coffee may lower your risk of several types of cancer. Links between coffee and a higher cancer risk are very weak.
But that didn’t stop a judge in California from ruling coffee should carry a cancer warning.
Why? It’s a crazy story… and one you should know about.
How California Defends Citizens From Cancer
Back in 1986, Californians passed Proposition 65. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act required warnings for chemicals known to cause cancer.
Warning labels popped up on thousands of products. But the law doesn’t require those labels to spell out the level of risk.
If a chemical may lead to 1 extra cancer case per 100,000 people over 70 years, it has to sport a warning.
That sets the bar pretty low. And it sets it at the same point regardless of risk. So chemicals with a high cancer risk carry the same label as those whose risk is low.
It’s not ideal, to say the least. And now the Nanny State wants that label slapped on coffee. Which paints a picture that drinking coffee may lead to cancer.
Why coffee? Because it contains a tiny amount of acrylamide. And high doses of acrylamide have been linked to cancer in lab rats.
Forcing Protection You Don’t Need
According to the National Cancer Institute, “…a large number of epidemiologic studies (both case-control and cohort studies) in humans have found no consistent evidence that dietary acrylamide exposure is associated with the risk of any type of cancer.”
“This is an unfortunate ruling that demonizes coffee as a carcinogen,” says cancer expert Dr. Nigel Brockton, “when the overwhelming evidence in humans is for benefit or at least no detrimental effect.”
The Harvard Chan School of Public Health reports there’s good evidence coffee protects against several cancers.
Here’s just a small sample of that evidence…
Coffee Has Wide-Ranging Health Benefits
Study after study has found a link between coffee and cancer. But almost all have found coffee lowers your risk. For example…
- In 2017, Italian doctors found women coffee drinkers have a lower risk of endometrial cancer – a cancer of the uterine lining.
- A 2018 Italian study found women who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
- The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports drinking coffee may lower your risk of liver cancer.
Drinking coffee has also been linked to lower risks ranging from Parkinson’s disease to type II diabetes. But let’s just sum it up with the results of a review from The European Journal of Epidemiology…
A multinational team looked at 31 studies on coffee and the risk of death. The studies included a total of 1,610,543 subjects. The scientists found drinking coffee lowered the risk of death for non-smokers…
- From cancer (2%)
- From heart disease (6%)
- From all causes (6%)
These numbers may not seem very big. But can you think of an easier way to dodge a bullet? That morning cup of Joe does a lot more than just wake you up.
Your bottom line? Don’t believe the Nanny State’s scare stories. The benefits of drinking a moderate amount of coffee far outweigh the risks.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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