You may have heard on the news recently that the World Health Organisation (WHO) have ruled that coffee has no link with causing cancer in humans.
WHO did however suggest that there are risks of drinking any beverage at above 65 degrees centigrade. But that temperature for most is undrinkable anyway.
As expected, the experts said there are much more dangerous things we consume that can cause cancer.

“Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are much more significant for reducing cancer risk than the temperature of what you’re drinking,” said Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society about the study.
“As a heavy coffee drinker, I have always enjoyed my coffee guilt-free. But now there is scientific evidence to justify that.” Cheers to that.
You’re probably reading this and thinking “everything seems to cause cancer these days”. It does seem that every week, scientists, nutritionists and other experts are claiming this or that can cause cancer. But you must always be wary of these theories as businesses may influence “studies” in order to swing consumers away from one product and onto theirs.
But as a general rule, if something is natural then it’s likely to be good for us. Coffee beans are seeds from a coffea plant. So coffee does in fact have several health benefits:

Oh that sweet, sweet caffeine. Don’t you hate those people who say they don’t need a coffee to help wake up in the morning? But the fact is caffeine is a type of drug known as a stimulant which as the name suggests, stimulates us by blocking an adenosine. This is a sugar-like molecule that helps the human body sleep as well as keep bloody flow steady. So caffeine will indeed make us seem more ‘awake’ and also increase our heart rates. It’s even been proven that it will improve memory, reaction times and cognitive function. Just don’t be fooled by ‘energy drinks’ which are loaded with sugar. These will give you a major high, but will be soon met with a low as well.
Almost all fat burning supplements will have caffeine. A higher heart rate means higher energy consumption. But it can also stimulate metabolisms, more so in leaner people. Caffeine can also help break down body fat to be used as energy while adrenalin is also increased. Former Wallabies (rugby union) captain George Greegan was well known for taking caffeine tablets before matches. He also opened a café of his own after his playing career ended.
As said above, food from nature is the healthiest and coffee beans contain plenty of great vitamins and minerals. The highest of which is Riboflavin, otherwise known as B2 which is needed for energy production as well as the breakdown of fatty acids. One cup of coffee contains about 11% of your daily vitamin B2 recommendation. It’s also found in dairy products as well, so that cappuccino is actually good for your waistline (as long as you don’t it with sugar).

It’s not really known why exactly, but studies have shown that coffee drinkers are around 25-50% less likely to contract type II diabetes.
Meanwhile, also with very little explanation, studies have shown Alzheimer’s disease can be up to 65% less likely if you drink coffee. Caffeine too has shown to be effective is lowering your chances of Parkinson’s as well by about the same rate.
All of the above information can contribute to this and studies have shown that coffee drinkers do in fact live longer. As we talked about previously, the nations who statistically have longer life expectancy have better diets. According to, per capita, the nine highest drinking coffee nations are Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Belgium. All nine of those nations have life expectancy higher than 80 years old. Oh and if you were wondering where us Aussies are ranked on the coffee addiction? We are 28th with each of us consuming about 2.6kg of coffee per year. That’s about 3-4 teaspoons a day.

Okay, so that study may have been a little biased. But we invite you to come along and prove us wrong.

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