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    COFFEE REDUCES RISK OF DYING FROM STROKE AND HEART DISEASE, STUDIES FIND

    People who drink coffee have a reduced risk of dying from a number of causes – including heart disease, stroke and liver disease – according to new research, although this might be because coffee drinkers have healthier lifestyles rather than any intrinsic benefits of coffee itself. “It is plausible that there is something else behind […] More

  • DRINKING MORE COFFEE
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    DRINKING MORE COFFEE COULD REDUCE LIVER CANCER RISK

    Drinking more coffee could reduce the risk of developing the most common form of primary liver cancer, according to a study led by the University of Southampton in the UK. Researchers from Southampton and the University of Edinburgh found that the more coffee consumed the greater the protection against hepatocellular cancer (HCC). Drinking one cup […] More

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    SMALL ROASTER PROSECUTED OVER DIACETYL

    Custom Roasting, a small coffee roaster in Buffalo, Minnesota is believed to be the first coffee roaster in the US to be prosecuted for not complying with new regulations introduced to limit levels of diacetyl produced during roasting. The company was recently fined US$1,250 after a diacetyl inspection from OSHA in December. Regular readers will […] More

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    COFFEE MAY COUNTER AGE-RELATED INFLAMMATION

    A chronic inflammatory process that occurs in some, but not all, older people may trigger cardiovascular problems, a new study shows, but part of the solution might be found in a cup of coffee. Stanford University School of Medicine scientists unearthed a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and coffee consumption. Extensive analysis […] More

  • BIOMARKERS
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    COCOA COMPOUND LINKED TO IMPROVEMENTS IN CARDIOVASCULAR BIOMARKERS

    A review of 19 randomized clinical trials has found that consumption of cocoa, and compounds called flavanols, may improve some biomarkers related to lipids and insulin resistance. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 19 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of cocoa consumption reveals some further pieces of supporting evidence. The meta-analysis in Journal of Nutrition, an […] More

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    FURTHER REGULATION COULD BE ON THE CARDS FOR COCOA

    Cocoa producers adjusting to requirements for limits on levels of ochratoxin A, cadmium and PAHs in cocoa could soon find they have to respond to limits on mineral oils, alkalising agents and other substances. Speakers at recent conferences suggest that limits on substances such as mineral oil and alkalising agents might be introduced in due […] More

  • FATTY LIVER DISEASE
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    COFFEE CONSUMPTION COULD HELP REDUCE RISK OF GASTRIC CANCER

    A new meta-analysis of 22 population studies highlighted on the ISIC web site suggests that coffee consumption might be associated with a decreased risk of gastric cancer. In Y Xie et al, 2016, Coffee consumption and risk of gastric cancer: an updated meta-analysis, which was published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 25 […] More

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    STUDY FINDS NO DIFFERENCE IN CAFFEINE ABSORPTION BETWEEN COFFEE AND ENERGY DRINKS

    A study at Washington State University has provided the first published comparison of caffeine absorption after consumption of coffee compared to energy drinks and the impacts of temperature and rate of consumption. “The study suggests that in terms of caffeine absorption and metabolism, coffee and energy drinks are very similar,” said Professor John White from […] More

  • LIVER HEALTH
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    COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW CONFIRMS COFFEE’S ROLE IN LIVER HEALTH

    ‘Coffee consumption and the liver – the potential health benefits,’ a report launched by the British Liver Trust, support’s the role of coffee in good liver health. It is the first time that the entire body of current research and evidence has been reviewed and compiled into a single report. The report provides evidence that […] More

  • DARK CHOCOLATE
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    EATING DARK CHOCOLATE COULD HELP BOOST ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

    Dark chocolate has already been hailed for its positive effects on cardiovascular health. Now a study undertaken at Kingston University in the UK has found that it could help give sports enthusiasts an edge in their fitness training. A team led by postgraduate research student Rishikesh Kankesh Patel discovered that dark chocolate provides similar benefits […] More

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    NCA CLAIMS TO SET RECORD STRAIGHT ON DIACETYL

    The National Coffee Association (NCA) in the US has issued a statement in which it claims to ‘set the record straight’ on the subject of diacetyl formed during coffee roasting and its alleged health risks. The NCA said it recently posted a position statement in light of continuing media reports concerning diacetyl in the workplace. […] More

  • FATTY LIVER DISEASE
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    COFFEE CONSUMPTION COULD PROTECT AGAINST FATTY LIVER DISEASE

    Adding coffee to the diet of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) could help reverse the condition, according to a new study presented at The International Liver Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The study found that a daily dose of coffee (equivalent to six cups of espresso coffee for a 70kg person) improved several […] More

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