Will Coffee Cure You or Kill You? – Facts So Romantic

Depending on whom you ask, coffee is either the next super food or the next public health hazard. Consult the latest news headlines or scientific studies, and you’ll find that coffee “fights heart disease,” reduces the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and multiple sclerosis, and “could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.” One recent study by researchers at the National Institute of Health and Yale University found that people who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were a whopping 20 percent less likely to develop melanoma, a type of skin cancer, than people who didn’t drink coffee.

But dig around a little, and you will learn that coffee could also raise your risk of contracting various illnesses. A 2010 meta-analysis of 13 studies, for example, found that drinking two cups of coffee a day increased a person’s risk of lung cancer by 14 percent. More recently, a 2014 meta-analysis suggested a link between coffee consumption and cancer of the larynx.

Why the conflicting results? A partial answer may be that some components of coffee are beneficial while others are damaging. For example,…

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