This information should have come out on the more appropriate National Coffee Day. It’s not your fault if you drink too much coffee. It’s OK to blame your parents.
A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers analyzed 120,000 regular coffee drinkers from dozens of studies. Scientists identified six new gene variations linked to coffee and caffeine consumption. The finding, published Oct 7 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, could explain why some need that espresso to get going while others get the jitters having a half a cup of coffee.
Study author Marilyn Cornelis, a nutrigeneticist at the Harvard School of Public Health, found a total of eight genes in humans involved in the utilization of caffeine, two of which were previously identified. Two of the genes were involved with metabolism of the drug (caffeine), while another pair carried the stimulant effect. Another two were involved in the metabolism of glucose (sugar) and lipids, which include fat-soluble proteins and waxes (added cream and sugar). What the role these genes play in the absorption of caffeine is still unknown. Which means further research will study their actions.
“The next question is who is benefiting most from coffee… If, for example, caffeine is protective, individuals might have very similar physiological exposure to caffeine, once you balance the metabolism. But if coffee has other potentially protective constituents, those levels are going to be higher if you consume more cups, so they might actually be benefiting from non-caffeine components of coffee. So it’s a little bit complex,” Cornelis said.
And if you are reading this, it must mean you must need your coffee. So, in other coffee news, it’s October and that means it’s pumpkin time at Dunkin’ Donuts. Under coffee and lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts offers three varieties – Pumpkin, Pumpkin Mocha or Pumpkin Creme Brulee that can be served hot or iced. You can also find Pumpkin K-Cup® packs and 8 oz. Pumpkin Packaged Coffee to make at home or office.
If you are one of the lucky who live near one of the more than 370 locations in the South of the stores under the RaceTrac name , you are one blessed coffee drinker next week. Free Coffee Week is back Oct. 12 – 18, during which guests can grab a free cup of coffee, any size, no coupon needed.
“RaceTrac loves showing our guests how much we appreciate them by inviting them in to enjoy our Crazy Good Coffee for free ALL week long,” said RaceTrac CEO Allison Moran. “This is our fourth annual Free Coffee Week, and we are excited to welcome our loyal Trac Fanatics and new guests alike to visit our stores and enjoy all that RaceTrac has to offer. Last year, we gave away more than 3.1 million cups of coffee, and we expect to give away even more this year.”
Free Coffee Week includes any size hot beverage from RaceTrac’s coffee bar, from its fresh coffee brewed 24/7, to everything in its cappuccino machines, along with an array of coffee condiments like flavor shots, creams and sweeteners. Its coffee line-up is 100 percent Arabica blends, which includes Regular, Dark Roast, Hazelnut, 100 Percent Colombian Roast, Extra Caffeinated and Decaffeinated. RaceTrac is also offering its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino.