A doctor had once told me (about 20 years ago or so) that he was advising all of his patients to do what they can to get rid of that "nasty habit" of drinking coffee, and, he declared, decaf was "just as bad"! Yikes! Then, at a middle school fundraiser about 15 years ago a student was really pressing me about how I felt about "pushing drugs on kids" (via coffee). This student's teacher intervened and was telling the kid to "move on", while apologizing to me. I said I understand, and was not offended at the student's stand. I was young once and remember some positions I had in my youth and young adulthood that are now different or refined with continual learning and new information.
Now, according to "Coffee May Protect Against Colorectal Cancer", MSN Health & Fitness: http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/coffee-may-protect-against-colorectal-cancer/ar-BBrcXIK?ocid=ansmsnhealth11 "A study out of the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Leck Medicine says drink up: coffee consumption decreases the risk of colorectal cancer."
This article also suggests that moderate consumption (just 2 to 2.5 cups a day) was associated with a 26 percent reduction in the odds of developing colorectal cancer. It further suggests the benefit is even better with heavy coffee drinkers, and that caffeine did not matter, rather both regular and decaf were associated with decreased risk! There is much more interesting information in this article. Again, that link is:
The vast majority of adults around the world are regular coffee and tea consumers. Thankfully, over the years, more and more research from around the world has continued to prove the health and wellness benefits of coffee, tea, and yes even chocolate! (more on that another time)