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It’s official: Coffee is back on the “good” list


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Photo: Unsplash/Tadas Mikuckis

Coffee tends to get a bad rap. It’s blamed for everything from disrupting your super-important sleep time to killing your sex drive, for starters.

But here’s some good news for those who favor a nice (cold) brew first thing in the morning: the World Health Organization just declared that cups of joe could actually help protect against some types cancer (um, yay!), the New York Times reports.

So if anyone raises their eyebrows at your daily java habit (or maybe your choice of leggings?), there’s your comeback.

With its announcement, the WHO actually contradicted its own findings from 1991, when it called coffee “possibly carcinogenic” and linked to bladder cancer, according to the Times. Now WHO says regular sipping has been found to lower rates of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, neurological disorders, and several cancers.

The World Health Organization, which called coffee “possibly carcinogenic” in 1991, now says it lowers the rate of several cancers

Though the studies on coffee’s benefits have been observational (hence they don’t prove cause and effect), the positive findings on regular coffee drinking are so consistent that “numerous health authorities have endorsed it as part of a healthy diet,” reports the Times. Are you jumping with glee yet?

Additional health organizations, such as The International Agency for Research on Cancer, looked at more than 1,000 studies on coffee’s effects and found no conclusive proof that it causes cancer, according to the Times—rather, the studies suggested that it protects against certain cancer types, such as liver and uterine cancers.

And last year a panel of scientists (who happen to influence the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines) found “strong evidence” that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day is fine, and “moderate” consumption could reduce chronic disease.

What’s so healthy about coffee? It’s actually not very clear, though the Times points out that scientists have found that its antioxidants and other compounds could be helpful in protecting against cancer. And it looks like caffeine isn’t the key to the health benefits—studies on decaf also show lower rates of chronic disease.

Okay, great. Is anyone else filling up their mug for seconds?

Want to try some coffee with butter? Read all about the rise of Bulletproof Coffee. Or add it to your morning smoothie like Jesse Tyler Ferguson