Today I’m back with some more Emerging Nutrition Research, and today’s theme is coffee! Everyday there seems to be something new in the media about coffee, whether it’s good or bad. Here I’ve pulled out a few recent studies that I’ve come across that address coffee or some of the components in coffee. Happy reading!
Can you distinguish a coffee drinker just by a blood sample? Researchers have been able to distinguish coffee drinkers from non-coffee drinkers by the different metabolites that are present in their blood. This study also found an inverse relationship between these ‘coffee-drinker’ metabolites and colon cancer. This type of research will help us to understand the role that coffee plays in the development of colon cancer.
Do coffee drinkers live longer? In a Japanese population it was found that there was an inverse association between coffee intake and total mortality (death) in both males and females. While this isn’t a cause and effect study, it does raise a lot of questions about the possible benefits of coffee consumption.
Does coffee have an effect on my gut bacteria? A recent study identified components in coffee (chlorogenic acids) that appear to have selective metabolism over certain gut bacteria (read: they help certain bacteria grow more than others). This is particularly interesting because of the recent fascination the research world has with the gut bacteria. It’s certainly a whole new world remaining to be explored.
Let’s chat! – Are you a coffee drinker? Do you think drinking coffee has benefits?
Remember, this is the latest in published scientific research. If you’re interested in making any dietary or lifestyle changes talk to your doctor, dietitian, or other health care provider for the latest clinical advice.