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Coffee Probably Isn't Killing You

Carwen Jones

Coffee is a great way to pull us out of slumber and into the working week. But it’s fair to get the jitters when studies seem to be against the liquid wake up call.

We’ve all fallen into the coffee trap; one to break up the day between meetings and memos, or a social coffee that becomes the easiest way to catch up with family and friends.


Recently, a group in the U. S. sued 91 coffee companies after it was found that they had not warned consumers about a chemical produced when coffee beans are roasted. This chemical, acrylamide, can also be found in some foods and cigarette smoke- a sign they might not be too great for our bodies.

Although it has been proven to increase the risk of various types of cancer in rats and mice when in very high dosages, no link has been confirmed in humans, according to the American Cancer Society.


So don’t fear; acrylamide is only found in coffee at levels safe for human consumption, it’s just now companies, such as Starbucks, may have to display that their coffee contains the chemical to their customers.


The daily caffeine fix you can’t live without is safe for now- with many studies showing that coffee might, in fact, decrease chances of developing prostate, liver cancer, and melanoma.


What are other health benefits of drinking coffee?

Some studies have even found that drinking coffee may reduce your risk of dying an early death from any disease, including heart disease. It’s also said that coffee could have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a good source of antioxidants.


Overall, it can’t yet be said whether coffee has a good or bad effect on those who drink it. So don’t change your coffee habits by replacing your morning caffeine hit for an early morning yoga session.

Just don't drink it to live longer, because that probably won’t work either.