The World Health Organization recently removed coffee from the status of a carcinogen. This move comes after twenty five years after WHO declared that coffee could be a reason for bladder cancer. Coffee drinkers finally have got news to celebrate. The Cancer Research Team of WHO recently concluded that coffee is no longer classified as a possible carcinogen. The organization further stated that coffee does not act as a trigger for other types of cancers including prostate as well as pancreatic cancers.
The WHO with this declaration joins other major studies that eliminated the risks of coffee. Several studies have been conducted to claim that there is no quantifiable link between coffee and cancer. This dramatic announcement was made by the cancer research wing of WHO after analyzing data from over thousands of studies. The IARC official who was responsible for leading the study was Dr.Dana Loomis. In a press statement, he stated that the evidence that coffee is not a carcinogen had increased significantly, since WHO was involved in the study in 1991. It is not the first time that WHO has taken an about turn when it comes to particular substances. But, it is not an event that happens often.
It is to be noted that Americans drink around three cups of coffee per day on an average. The National Coffee Association claims that coffee is the most drunk beverage in the whole United States even preceding tap water. It is becoming increasingly popular in several parts of the world not only limited to the traditional regions of Europe and the U.S. The rate of global consumption of coffee is increasing steadily since 2011.
A study led by the Dana-Farber Cancer institute stated that coffee can prevent the relapse of a few types of cancer including colon cancer. It helped to improve the rate of quick cure. So, brew a fresh cup and enjoy!
The first genetically engineered food that was available in the market was the tomato. This event happened twenty-two years ago. However, the GM tomato did not have many takers and failed when it came to taste. However, it won the seal of approval when it came to safety. Since then, the debate of the safety of genetically engineered foods has always been waged with huge numbers on either side.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in a recent report claimed that genetically modified foods are as safe as any other type of foods. This study was based on the findings of over 900 individual studies. It is to be noted that developing countries in the continents of Asia, Central America and Africa rely more on GM crops when compared to industrially proficient countries. Studies claim that more than eighty-five varieties of GM foods are yet to hit the market and are currently waiting to win the seal of approval. This includes varieties like maize that is water resistant.
The study was conducted individually without funding from biotechnical giants. All the scientists involved in the process were selected after strict scrutiny, to ensure that they didn’t have any conflicting financial interests.
Most food holidays always fall on a particular day irrespective of the date. Like the national Donut day which is always celebrated on the first Friday of June. However, National Pancake Day is more flexible. This brand new holiday is the brainchild of IHOP or the International House of Pancakes, a popular food chain that has millions of fans all over the country. The National Pancake Day is typically celebrated towards the end of winter but the actual date varies from year to year. It was celebrated on 5th February in 2013, 4th March in 2014, 3rd March in 2015.
Apart from the National Pancake Day, there are other days honoring this quintessential breakfast food like the International Pancake Day and Give The World Pancake Day. The latter festival was hosted by Perkins during fall of last year and it involved a charity fundraiser that distributed free pancakes for kids.
This year the National Pancake Day, hosted by IHOP falls on 8th March. Just like past years, the event offers one stack of yummy buttermilk pancakes for customers when they make a contribution to the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals or other charities. The event is open for seven in the morning to seven in the evening. Just enter into your nearest IHOP and ask for your free stack of pancakes. The event, unlike other similar events, doesn’t need you to show a coupon or make any sort of purchase. However, before you step out, consider making a donation to the designated charities.
Other popular fast-food restaurant chains also have similar events lined up for National Pancake Day. However, they are not as generous as IHOP and require the use of coupons or making a purchase to claim your free pancakes.
So this March 8th step into an IHOP and get your free pancakes. Do not forget to contribute what you can to charities.
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