The Supplement You Should Pair With Coffee And Chocolate

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Good news for coffee and chocolate lovers, scientists have found a way to supercharge their health benefits and potentially help you live longer. New research from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg suggests that taking zinc supplements alongside your tea or coffee or chocolate can help utilise their antioxidant benefits. Read More…

Coffee Culture

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From memory, there are approximately six independent coffee shops within the first block of my local High Street – usually packed with neighborhood hipsters hot-desking on their laptops. Good job I’m a coffee fan – although I’ve had some caffeine driven highs and health lows along the way. At worst, I was relying on it as a prop to energise me through a busy lifestyle with lots of deadlines. But not even nauseating caffeine withdrawal headaches, or the jittery, edgy feeling of having had one cup too many could change the way I felt about a good cuppa when I was in the throes of my habit. Read More…

Coffee: Is It Good Or Bad For You?

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How many cups of coffee do you need to have in the morning before you feel like a fully functioning human? One or two and then maybe one after lunch to wave off the four o’clock slump? At one time or another we’ve all tried to fend off tiredness with an extra cup of the black stuff only to end up feeling anxious and shaky.

According to the majority of advice, four cups is the maximum we should be relying on. Yet, it’s hard to ignore the constant influx of differing advice. Over the past two weeks alone we’ve been told that around three cups of coffee a day could help ward off heart disease by lowering your risk of palpitations, but if you’re pregnant drinking two daily coffees could increase your unborn child’s risk of obesity. Both claims were the result of studies and paint a confusing picture of coffee and its potential benefits. Read More…

Coffee

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Is there a more seductive smell in the world than fresh coffee? It beckons us with its fresh-roasted warmth. It offers the promise of instant energy, in a steaming mug of deliciousness. (Even if we secretly know that later, when the java jolt has worn off, we’ll be feeling more sluggish than we did before.) For many of us, coffee’s how we kick-start our day. And all we’re doing is following centuries of tradition: over a thousand years ago, members of the Galla tribe in Ethiopia noticed they got an energy boost from coffee’s red berries. The world’s first coffee shop, Kiva Han, opened later, in Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453. And not long after, Turkish law made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee. (I suspect there are many households where that’s still – um – grounds for divorce.)

Nutritionists will tell you, though: too much coffee is a beauty no-no. It stimulates the heart muscle and the central nervous system, and it’s dehydrating: by stimulating the kidneys, it leads to water loss. But in moderation? As nutrition author Michael van Straten once told me, ‘like everything else in life, a little of what you fancy does you good.’ In other words, a cup a day – sipped, savoured, enjoyed – won’t do you any harm. If you can stick to that one cup – and there’s the challenge…. (To mitigate its effects, though, be sure to drink extra water through the day.) Read More…