Coffee Gets a WHO-Certified Health Benefit

Last summer the World Health Organization announced that regularly drinking coffee may prevent cancer. This is a reversal of the WHO’s position 25 years ago. Previously the organization had cautioned the beverage might be carcinogenic.

However, the WHO still warns that very hot beverages, around 160 degrees Fahrenheit, are still believed to cause cancer. This is about 10 degrees hotter than the average U.S., U.K. or European drinker prefers coffee, tea and other hot beverages. It is closer in temperature to the temperature at which South Americans and the Chinese drink maté or tea.

While the question of whether or not coffee is healthy for us has been going on for quite a long time, these days the health benefits warrant their own Wikipedia page. In this case conventional wisdom aligns nicely with the current research of the medical community.