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‘How Much Do You Know About …’

Welcome to the first in a blog ‘mini-series’ that will explore a variety of topics, in accessible, not-too-time-consuming, bit-sized chunks.

Designed to offer a quick look at everyday subjects and bring you up to date with facts, current thinking and ideas. We live in a constantly evolving world. Let’s not get left behind!

CAFFEINE & COFFEE

The Facts:

  • We consume 95 million cups of coffee a day in the UK (up from 70 million a day in 2008) and coffee is now the most popular drink worldwide with around 2 billion cups drunk every day!
  • The recommended daily dose of caffeine is around 400mg for a healthy adult (that’s approx. 4 cups) consuming a lot more than that and you risk interrupted sleep and it can of course be addictive
  • Coffee is one of the most researched products in the world when it comes to our health
  • We drink on average 2 litres a month of popular energy drinks – some contain from 80mg to as much as 300mg of caffeine, so make sure you check the label

The Coffee Break Down:

  • There is 95mg of caffeine in an average cup of coffee (250ml)
  • A cup of coffee has 3 times more caffeine than a cup of tea
  • Lattes continue to be the favourite coffee of choice for the 45-54 age group followed by cappuccinos for the younger generation
  • In the UK most of us head to the most prominent coffee chain Costa Coffee (2,121 outlets), followed by Starbucks (898 outlets) then Caffe Nero (650 outlets)

Good to Know: Body Benefits

  • Improves your mood for up to 2 ½ hours
  • Can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and liver cancer
  • Can help refuel your muscles after exercise
  • Instantly affects your mind and body by increasing alertness and physical performance
  • Helps boost memory
  • Can be an aid to preventing hair loss
  • Can stimulate fat-fighting defences
  • According to a Spanish study, coffee has a greater effect with regards to activity levels on men than women (well that’s not fair!).

 

And Finally:

Enjoy your next one, which I hope will be made by you and just how you like it!

September 30, 2019

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