coffee cancer fighting food

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Espressos, Lattes, a Cup of Good Old Drip

The key thing they have in common: Coffee (obviously)
Most of us need coffee in order to function in the morning, and it could contribute to a decreased risk of brain, oral and throat cancer, possibly due to its combination of antioxidants and polyphenols. Consuming 5 or more cups of coffee or tea daily was associated with a lower risk of developing gliomas, or brain tumors, according to an analysis in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Meanwhile, caffeinated coffee, but not tea, was linked to lower risk of mouth and throat cancers in a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology—risk was 49 percent lower for people who drank 4 or more cups per day compared with those who drank it never or just occasionally. (Remember: 1 cup of coffee generally means 6 ounces—the grande you're getting at Starbucks is actually 16 ounces, and a medium iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts is 24 ounces, though that includes ice.)