Study shows no link between coffee and cancer

February 8, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Study shows no link between coffee and cancer

According to Swedish researchers, drinking coffee has no effect on the risk of colon or rectal cancer, despite recent findings that suggest otherwise.

Using data from two population-based cohort studies, researchers found that drinking as much as six cups of coffee per day has no effect on cancer risk. These latest findings have been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Although the researchers recorded that the people who drank the most coffee were also more likely to be smokers and to use multivitamin supplements much less, there was no link between coffee drinking and the cancer.

However, these findings cannot be applied to different varieties of coffee, including decaffeinated coffee since it is very uncommon in Sweden, therefore leading scientists to limit their claims to filtered coffee.

While researchers were not able to link coffee consumption with decreased cancer risk, recent research has indicated that caffeine in coffee may be linked with reduced risk of liver disease and improved short term memory.

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