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No, drinking hot coconut water does not kill cancer cells

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A post claiming hot coconut water kills cancer is being shared across social media platforms attributing the information to Dr. Rajendra Badwe of Tata memorial hospital. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Tata memorial hospital stated that hot coconut water kills cancer cells.

Fact: Tata Memorial Hospital had issued a clarification saying that the viral message was not made by Dr. Rajendra Barwe and that there is no scientific data to suggest that hot coconut water can cure any type of cancer. Multiple news agencies have also reported the same. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Google search with relevant keywords led us to multiple 2019 news articles which reported the news. According to one such article by Times of India, Tata Memorial Hospital has issued a clarification stating that the claim is unscientific and was never made by its director Dr. Rajendra Badwe. The clarification further added that there is no scientific data to suggest that hot coconut water could cure cancer.

Another news article by The Hindu reiterated the same saying that Tata memorial hospital has distanced itself from the viral message, also their clarification rated the information as false and that there is no data to suggest that hot coconut water can provide a cure for any type of cancer. 

Further search led us to a Facebook post that shared an alleged press release by Tata memorial hospital clarifying that neither Dr. Badwe nor Tata Memorial Hospital subscribes to the view that hot coconut water can destroy cancer cells. However, we could not independently verify the authenticity of the press release. Also, we could not find any credible information in reputed medical journals about hot coconut water curing cancer.

To sum it up, neither Dr. Rajendra Badwe nor Tata memorial hospital had stated that hot coconut water kills cancer cells.

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