A taste for black coffee and dark chocolate is possibly a genetic trait, a new study report from Northwestern University. Coffee drinkers who have a genetic variant that reflects faster caffeine metabolism prefer bitter, black coffee. The same genetic variant is found in those who prefer dark chocolate.
Study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021 in November finds that coffee drinkers take 1,000 more steps each day than non-coffee drinkers.They found that drinking coffee was “consistently associated with more physical activity”. Participants were measured taking more than 1,000 additional steps on the days they consumed than the days they refrained. Each cup of coffee consumed was associated with an extra 600 steps that day.
Academics from the University of California found that people who frequently drink the heavily caffeinated beverage complete 1,000 more steps per day compared to non-coffee drinkers. Dr.Gregory Marcus and his team of researchers examined 100 participants for two weeks to assess their average coffee consumption, sleeping patterns and overall health.
Caffeine Improves Reaction to Moving Targets. Acute caffeine ingestion has been associated with improvements in cognitive performance and visual functioning. The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of caffeine intake on dynamic visual acuity (DVA)
A new study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found that individuals who drank four to six cups of coffee a day, along with drinking tea, had a lower incidence of stroke and dementia.
The benefits were seen in individuals who drank coffee alone, or along with tea. Compared to those who did not drink tea or coffee, the risk of dementia and stroke was reduced by 28%.
Lead investigator Dr Samantha Gardener said that the results showed an association between higher coffee consumption and several important markers related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Drinking more coffee gave positive results in relation to certain domains of cognitive function, specifically executive function which includes planning, self-control and attention.
Stefanie Hinkle, an Assistant Professor of epidemiology at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her findings may be reassuring for pregnant women with moderate caffeine intake and should be considered in the context of published data on associations with offspring health.
Uganda is one of the leading exporters of Robusta coffee in Africa. The cash crop earned the East African country US$559 million last year, according to the Uganda Coffee
But the plant is increasingly threatened by drought and other unpredictable weather patterns, prompting scientists to seek a solution.Dr. Godfrey Sseremba, senior research officer at the NaCORI in Kituuza, said the scientists are using molecular or marker assisted selection to develop the drought-tolerant varieties.
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