Coffee is most Brits' favourite way to start the day but are you taking your java love too far? Here's what to look for.
Sure, there are plenty more important things currently going on in the world, but the issue that’s whipped social media up into a frenzy is more of the #firstworldproblems variety…whether or not Tomato Ketchup should be stored in the fridge or a cupboard. The Great Ketchup Debate has once again been reignited thanks to supermarket chain Asda, which recently conducted a poll asking shoppers their views on the issue – and the results were pretty close with with 53 per cent opting to keep it in the fridge, while 47 per cent keep ketchup in the cupboard. If you’ve been hiding a chocolatey treat at the back of the fridge, you might want to take it out.
Researchers at Stanford University have managed to prove that a few extra cups of coffee can reduce – or even prevent – age-related inflammation in the body. Findings from 100 people showed that older participants had higher levels of an inflammatory protein called IL-1-beta than their younger counterparts. This protein can be responsible for a great number of health problems including a bigger risk of stiff arteries and high blood pressure.
Red Bull, Monster, Red Rooster – whatever energy drink it is you prefer, one thing’s for sure: they do a lot to our bodies to make us that energised. If you’re a regular energy drink guzzler, you’ve probably been building up a tolerance too – it takes seven to 12 days to become so and feel the effects less as a result.
Whether you’re a flat white, cappuccino or skinny latte kind of person, one thing’s for certain: Caffeine is your groove. But besides giving you a handy (read: absolutely essential) boost in the mornings, there are many more amazing things every coffee lover should know about the drink. 7 Reasons You Should Absolutely Keep On Indulging Your Coffee Habit Here’s why you shouldn’t be drinking coffee in the morning
Nothing quite beats that first-thing caffeine fix. Research gathered by Ph.D candidate Steven Miller at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda and reported by Metro reveals that that the human body is on something called the circadian clock: a sort of 24-hour hormone cycle that is generally regulated by sunlight. At around 8 or 9 a.m., the day’s first dose of cortisol - a stress-related hormone that makes us feel alert and awake, in a similar way to caffeine – is released, then again between noon and 1 p.m., and then once more between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
The Climate Institute predicts that if global warming continues at its current rate, the amount of useable coffee farmland will have halved by 2050. Throw in fungi and pests like the Coffee Berry Borer (whose numbers are expected to ‘explode’) and coffee could actually be extinct by 2080.
I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink,” wrote John Lennon back in 1968. Many of us in 2016 can still relate to the lyrics Lennon wrote nearly 50 years ago. Feeling less tired after a bad night’s rest is part art, part science.