Coffee: Regular Vs. Decaf and Why One May Be Healthier

by Sarah Jio, Glamour

Most people tend to think decaffeinated coffee is healthier. After all, isn't caffeine marginally bad for us? Well, no, say most experts. Yes, too much isn't a good thing, but coffee, in moderation (defined as two to four 8 oz. cups per day) may actually protect your health in significant ways, according to a new study.

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New American Cancer Society research suggests that people who drink caffeinated coffee in moderation daily were about half as likely to die from oral cancers than those who were diagnosed with oral cancers and drank tea or non-caffeinated beverages.

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"Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers," said lead author Janet Hildebrand, MPH. "Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the ten most common cancers in the world. Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx. It may be of considerable interest to investigate whether coffee consumption can lead to a better prognosis after oral/pharyngeal cancer diagnosis."

Fascinating, and cheers!

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