Coffee Is In Our DNA – Really.

2014_Black and creamed coffee with logoWe don’t just mean it’s in the DNA of all of us here at, but literally it’s in all human DNA. Researchers just published their findings from multiple studies looking at coffee consumption and the DNA variation in a specific gene. It turns out that people with this specific variation in a gene called PDSS2 have a reduced ability to breakdown caffeine, causing it to stay in the body for longer. These people would not need to drink as much coffee to get the same caffeinated bump.

One study was conducted in several Italian villages with about one thousand participants. Researchers found that people with the gene variation drank fewer cups of coffee than people without the variation. Another study was replicated in the Netherlands with almost two thousand people. That study found the gene ‘effect’ was slightly lower than the Italian study. It is possible that this difference is related to the way the Dutch drink coffee in larger cups compared to smaller cups of espresso that Italians drink. Several universities, medical organizations and Illy coffee were involved in the research, but it should be noted that Illy did not provide any financial support for the studies.

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