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"Coffee cuts cancer risk, experts believe"

Vancouver Sun

Source: Vancouver Sun

Published: 29 Aug 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (1½ stars)

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When the Ink Spots sang "I love the java jive and it loves me" in 1940, they could not have known how right they were.
Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the North American diet, according to a study released Sunday.
Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation.
The findings by Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage. Antioxidants, are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits are abundant in grains, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

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This article carries a misleading title that would have the reader believe that new evidence has directly linked coffee with reduced cancer risk. In fact, the article simply identifies that antioxidants may be beneficial for cancer risk reduction, and coffee contains antioxidants. No causal relationship between coffee and cancer has been established. This article is another example of projecting medical benefits from laboratory research without any clinical evidence of the relevance of the research. Use it to line the bottom of the bird cage.

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