Saturday, January 18, 2014

Coffee can fight cancer

That thing you heard about coffee is probably wrong

Coffee isn’t just a great morning pick-me-up. It’s also one of nature’s best weapons against cancer — yet for some reason, 10 percent of adults believe that coffee can actually cause the disease, according to a new study.


Beats me. There’s not a shred of evidence — even poor evidence — linking coffee to cancer. My guess is that since coffee is supposed to be a “bad” habit, people just assume it’s responsible for all kinds of ills.

Fact is, coffee is effective against any number of cancers. One recent study finds coffee can cut the risk of liver cancer in half. Another finds it can cut the risk of colorectal cancers by up to a quarter.

Coffee can also fight or prevent cancers of the prostate, skin, esophagus, and more — and the benefits don’t end with cancer. Heck, that’s just the beginning — because coffee can also help prevent heart disease, slash your stroke risk, boost your mood, protect your brain and even help you live longer.

Anyone who tells you it’s a bad habit clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.

That said, there is one way to turn this good habit into a bad one — and that’s by adding sugar and sweetened syrups (even the sugar-free flavorings that rely on chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose).

Drink that junk, and you will almost certainly cancel out any of the benefits of the coffee. (And sugar in particular really CAN increase the risk of cancer.)

If you can’t take your coffee black, use fresh cream. It may take a little getting used to at first, but you almost certainly will get used to it fast — and once you do, you’ll never drink your coffee any other way.
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