Studies Show Coffee Does Not Cause Cancer, but There’s a Catch
Drinking hot liquids can cause cancer. This includes coffee. But if you wait until your coffee is a bit cooler, you lower your chances of cancer greatly. Coffee also helps you lose weight!
Remember a time when coffee was labeled as “possibly carcinogenic?” Those days are over. Your favorite cup of liquid motivation just received the green light from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Previously, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had thought that drinking coffee could increase your chances of cancer. But recent reviews have shown that there is “no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect” from drinking coffee, and coffee has even been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer.
But, that doesn’t mean coffee is safe. According to the IARC, new research is showing that drinking hot coffee can still cause cancer of the esophagus. However, it’s not just coffee that’s been roped into this pool.
The research shows that ANY drink that is above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) – which includes coffee, water, tea, mate, soup or other beverages – can cause esophageal cancer. This temperature is not as hot as boiling water but is still hotter than water coming out of your sink faucet.
Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer in the world. In fact, 400,000 deaths alone were caused by this type of cancer in 2002. Because of this new information, the IARC has now put drinking very hot beverages in the “possible carcinogenic” category next to red meat.
So what’s the take-away message? Let all hot drinks and foods cool down before you eat them.
Using Coffee for Weight Loss
This news is especially great it you’re looking to lose weight because coffee helps to increase your metabolism and burn fat. Drinking coffee has been shown in research to accelerate weight loss because of certain properties it contains:
Caffeine – stimulates your central nervous system.
Theophylline and Theobromine – are also powerful stimulants.
Chlorogenic acid – helps to slow the absorption of carbs.
When caffeine enters your body, your nervous system reacts by telling your cells to break down fats and send some into your bloodstream. This helps to move fat from tissues so they can be used by your body as free fatty acids for more important roles (that doesn’t involve weight gain).
Studies have also shown that the caffeine in coffee can help increase your metabolism by up to 11 percent! What’s even better is that most of the metabolic increase is because your body is burning more fat!
However, since your body does get used to caffeine, you should cycle your coffee intake if your intent is to use it for weight loss (and not waking up in the morning). First spend two weeks drinking coffee, then go two weeks without coffee. Hopefully, your body won’t get used to the effects of the caffeine and you'll be free to enjoy its weight loss boosting effects!