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Coffee, caffeine and health

Expert comment by Dr Astrid Nehlig In January, the European Food Safety Authority published its anticipated draft scientific opinion on the use of health claims relating to caffeine. Drawing on the available body of scientific research, it was concluded that single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and daily intakes of up to 400mg do […]

A discussion on coffee consumption and dehydration

A guest post by Dr Sophie Killer There has been a lot of uncertainty over the role of coffee and other caffeinated beverages in hydration. Due to early research showing the short term effect of pure caffeine as a mild dehydrating agent, there appears to be a common assumption that caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, […]

Liver Disease and Coffee

There has recently been a lot of attention in the media around links between coffee and liver health. Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Secretary General at the European Association for the Study of the Liver, provides an overview of research on coffee and the liver.  Even though initial reports on the beneficial effect of coffee consumption on liver […]

New review paper suggests coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of mortality

A new meta-analysis1, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, has explored the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of mortality from all causes. The review included twenty studies of coffee consumption and total mortality, including 129,538 cases of deaths among the 973,904 participants. The results support a significant inverse (i.e. favourable) association between coffee […]

Caffeine and endurance exercise performance

A study in 2009 systematically and critically reviewed the effect of caffeine on endurance performance. The most relevant studies were selected for the review, excluding the studies with no time-trial component. A total of 19 studies were analysed, with authors concluding that, overall, caffeine ingestion in modest quantities can be effective for endurance athletes. Furthermore, […]

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