Coffee Consumption : The Health Benefits

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Coffee Consumption: The Health Benefits By: Kate Spinosa “Americans run on Dunkin”, this is a phrase that almost everyone knows or has heard in their lifetime. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed annually worldwide [1]. There are on average 70 countries that grow the coffee plant for coffee production, and coffee trade is exceeding 10 billion dollars worldwide [1]. While water is the most consumed drink globally, coffee is the actually the next most consumed beverage [1]. I really did not have much background information prior on coffee, just that I need three cups a day to even function. This is because coffee is the richest source of caffeine for Americans, accounting for 71% of caffeine intake [2]. Eight ounces…show more content…
Cancer unfortunately is such a common tragedy that many people encounter personally or through a family/friends lifetime. I wanted to know the specific components of coffee that decreased risks of developing cancer and how effective this was. I found that as of 2010 there were nearly 400 published studies of epidemiologic research on the topic of coffee and cancer [4]. This shows that there is a large amount of interest in this topic and much research dedicated to discovering findings. Coffee consumption has claims to most typically help lessen the risk of developing liver, renal, skin, ovarian, colorectal, esophagus, and pharyngeal cancer [1]. The rich phytochemisty/antioxidant component of coffee is what lowers the risk of developing cancer. One study taken showed results of a 36% decrease risk for nonmelanoma skin cancer from six or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily [1]. Malignant hepatoma (HCC) is a common form of liver cancer which can be prevented more so with coffee consumption [1]. Liver cancer is the 5th most common cancer in males and 8th in females [5]. Three separate studies showed the results of a high consumption of coffee (6+ cups) compared to a almost never consumption (<1 cup) which gave a 50%, 55% and 43% reduction rate for liver cancer in subjects [5]. Between 1990 and 2003 among 147,227 subjects, 3 cohorts, and 15 case-control studies, and 11 countries, the results showed a 24% lower risk of colon cancer per cup consumed from

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