A two-year old walks into a café and orders a red-eye. Sounds like the start of a joke, right? Turns out, maybe it’s not so funny after researchers at Boston Medical Center found that 15 percent of toddlers drink one to four ounces of coffee a day. In the study, more than 2 percent of 1-year-olds were given coffee. The study looked at infant weight gain and diet with 315 mothers and infants in the Boston area. It is possible that this trend is related to cultural experiences as the study found that Hispanic mothers were more likely to give infants and toddlers the beverage (think Manny on ‘Modern Family’). Earlier studies found children in Australia, Cambodia and Ethiopia sometimes drink coffee too.
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We know that drinking coffee can have health benefits, but the trend of unroasted coffee beans for weight loss may not hold the same promise. In a new study with mice, scientists
in Australia showed that the extract didn’t have any effect on body fat, but it did have a harmful impact on the mice’s insulin resistance. The group of mice eating the green beans extract gained the same amount of weight as the control group, but this group also was not processing insulin, which led to higher amounts of sugar in their blood, a sign of diabetes. It is only one study so far, but it does suggest that more research is needed before anyone can responsibly say it has benefits.
A recent Harris Poll of
about 2500 U.S. adults surveyed in February found that taste is the top factor
in determining where coffee and tea buyers purchase beverages. The survey found
that more than 70% of 18-35 year-olds purchase coffee or tea drinks. Three in five
buyers said the shop they most frequently visit is their favorite, while two in
five visit the most convenient place to get coffee or tea. Almost eighty
percent rate taste as a very important factor in deciding where to buy a
beverage, more than 20 percentage points higher than any other factor,
including price. Our own personal survey says nothing is better than European
coffee made at home!
Honeybees were found to get a shot of caffeine from certain flowers, which in
turn boosted memory so that the bees return to the same type of plant – a
benefit to both the bees and the plants. A recent study at Newcastle University
found that coffee plants were an obvious source of caffeine for the bees, but
some citrus plants also contained caffeine. Bees exposed to caffeine were as likely to remember a floral scent, which they demonstrated by extending their feeding tubes, up to 3 days after the initial experience. Scientists hope to
eventually be able to manage landscapes from understanding bee habits.
Douwe Egberts in the UK talked to 1000 people about how they choose to return to a hotel. A large number, 28 percent, voted coffee as the most important element of a good breakfast. Sausage and bacon followed closely behind. Based on another question, one-third of the participants revealed poor coffee would be enough to deter them from ever returning to a hotel. “Today’s consumers are increasingly discerning about their coffee and expect freshly made, great tasting coffee at all times of the day,” said the director at Douwe Egberts.
Coffee is always a determining factor. Period!
A mathematical study looked at the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in 50 countries. The global prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased six-fold over the past few decades, so the study’s conclusion that countries where consumption of black tea is high lowers the number of type 2 diabetics is particularly relevant now. Coming in first for black tea consumption was Ireland, closely followed by the United Kingdom and Turkey. (Morocco and Mexico had the lowest consumption rates of black tea.) While the study showed an impact on the rates of diabetes, it did not find any other health impacts. While the authors of the study acknowledge that there may be exceptions to their findings, their research does agree with many previous studies.