California recently passed a controversial law that required coffee shops like Starbucks to put a cancer warning on their products. They stated that coffee has acrylamide. This is a cancer-causing agent that is formed when food is roasted. Many other foods have acrylamide such as French fries. It is also found in cigarette smoke.
Dr. Len Litchfield is the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. He stated that there is no need for coffee lovers to worry. He stated that the judges ruling was done for legal reasons and not medical reasons. Dr. Litchfield stated that acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer in rates. It will likely have the same effect on humans.
However, Dr. Litchfield stated that the dosage is really what matters. There has not been any evidence to show that the small amount of acrylamide in coffee can cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that there has not been any conclusive evidence that shows coffee causes cancer. In fact, coffee was removed from the list of things that can potentially cause cancer.
Dr. Litchfield stated that he would love to see everyone reduce their chances of getting cancer to 0 percent. However, there are other things that can cause cancer. He believes that people need to focus on the more serious health issues.
Samantha Heller is a dietician who has stated that coffee is good for you. It may actually reduce your risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and other medical conditions. She also stated that if coffee did cause cancer, then it would have been obvious for years.
Sixty-four percent of people in America drink coffee every day. If coffee did cause cancer, then there would be more people dying from it. Samantha believes that people should worry about the foods that have been proven to cause cancer such as processed meats. She also stated that eating more fruits and vegetables can cut cancer risk.