According to the ruling from a Los Angeles Judge, coffee companies must warn consumers of a potential cancer causing chemical ( acrylamide ) found in coffee,.
This has lead to a question, is coffee bad for you?
The coffee companies said it doesn’t contain enough acrylamide to harm consumers, But Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled out the the companies didn’t in anyway indicate that acrylamide is present at a safe level or show that drinking coffee has benefits. The case isn’t over yet and it is thought that the ruling might have been an overreaction.
As reported by the verge, Joseph Galati, medical director for the Center of Liver Disease and Transplantation at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, agrees.
“I really do not believe that there’s any validity to this,” he says. People tend to gravitate towards stories about coffee causing cancer since drinking coffee is part of so many people’s routines. “We make a big hoopla about it,” Galati says, but “at the end of the day, it is really meaningless.”
In fact, many studies have shown that drinking coffee might actually protect people from developing prostate and liver cancer, melanoma, and a type of cancer in the lining(endometrium) of the uterus, according to a huge review of the scientific literature published last year in The British Medical Journal.
And research suggests that coffee drinkers who are diagnosed with colon cancer live longer than cancer patients who don’t drink coffee,
It’s not just cancer, either. Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day might lower your risk of dying of heart diseases, such as coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke,. And There also seems to be no link between coffee intake and high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm,.
People may not remember how much coffee they drink, or they may not report some behavior, like smoking, because they’re ashamed of it. Plus, there are so many factors that affect your health, and whether or not you develop cancer, and observational studies can’t really account for all of them. “It’s a complete mess and to be honest, I think these studies are getting nowhere and we should just quit doing them,” Ioannidis says.
we may never know how coffee really affects our health. “It wouldn’t be a surprise, actually, if there’s just no major benefit like there’s no major harm,” . So if you’re a coffee lover, there’s no need to change your habits. But don’t drink coffee because it may help you live longer. Do it because you enjoy it