Coffee is a complex compound and arguably one of the most researched elements of the diet. It contains over 1,000 components, one of the most notable of which is caffeine. There is a strong psychological element to coffee consumption and it is often a deeply-ingrained part of many people’s daily rituals, particularly at the start of the day.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. Its mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer and the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. In June, IARC published its review into the scientific evidence related to drinking coffee, maté, and very hot beverages in The Lancet Oncology.
Consumer research of over 4,000 people across 10 European countries conducted by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) to better understand beliefs, behaviours, and knowledge regarding coffee and a healthy diet in Europe, suggests consumers are confused about the potential health benefits of coffee, and that healthy diet messages are not always understood.
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