Why You Should Cool Down Your Coffee Mug
Headlines were dropping jaws across the world Wednesday, when the WHO released new information that deemed hot coffee “probably” carcinogenic. I think it’s safe to say a majority of us need this nectar of the gods to be a functioning member of society, so this came as a huge shock. Sure, it seems like every day we are being told that something new is giving us cancer, but this seems to have some logic behind it. There is no need to panic yet, however, because there are ways around the risk.
In a study released by the World Health Organization on Wednesday, June 15th, it was determined that “very hot” coffee is probably carcinogenic. By “very hot,” we are talking about 149 degrees Fahrenheit. The reasoning behind this new development explains that hot beverages can burn the cells in the esophagus, injuring them and risking the formation of cancer cells. This study eliminated coffee as a possible carcinogenic, and broadened the list to very hot beverages in general.
If you are like me and load your coffee with cold almond milk, you are in the clear. In fact, the WHO also determined that coffee can help reduce liver cancer by 15%. It seems like the only possible cancerous issue with drinking coffee is the temperature. So relax, you don’t have to give up your daily pick-me-up! You should just let it cool down a bit before you drink it. If you haven’t realized how amazing iced coffee is yet, now is your excuse to try it.
Esophageal cancer is still fairly rare in the United States, but it is rapidly increasing for unknown reasons. Men are more likely than women to get this cancer, and it usually happens in the lower portion of the esophagus. There are many other risk factors to esophageal cancer, like smoking and drinking. It’s smart to avoid as much as the cancer causing habits as you can, because they are all as dangerous (if not more) than hot beverages.
Cancer of the esophagus is nothing to mess with, in fact it is fatal in a majority of cases. Because of this, I wouldn’t risk it. This study took place in a number of different countries, by numerous scientists who know what they’re talking about. I hate to break it to you, but if you are a hot coffee enthusiast, it may be time to change your ways. All you have to do is wait for your coffee to cool down a bit, make it over ice, or add in your favorite creamer or milk to bring the temperature down.
In the end, we all just want to take care of our bodies the best we can. There are always conflicting ideas and opinions out there, so it can be hard to sort through the facts. When a study like this comes out and shocks the world, we need to take note. We can be thankful that we live in a time where science has come so far, and can help determine some causes of an awful disease.
Written By: Gabrielle Pfeiffer