Deluge of studies leaves coffee lovers dizzy

Deluge of studies leaves coffee lovers dizzy

Keeping up with all the research on the possible risks and benefits of coffee might require one to, well, drink lots of coffee, reports.


The online magazine Slate, for example, calculated that as of 2010 there had been more than 500 studies on the subject.


And as fast as you can say double-double, now comes another report, this time from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. For those keeping track, back in 1991 it was the IARC that found that coffee is "possibly carcinogenic to the human urinary bladder."


Happily for coffee lovers, the agency has now downgraded the threat, finding that coffee poses an "unclassifiable" risk because it hasn't been studied sufficiently in humans — that substantial body of research notwithstanding.