According to a recent study, the timing of your morning coffee is important, as having it before breakfast could welcome diabetes and heart disease. Hooray.
This week, the world groups around the collective mug to celebrate International Coffee Day, which has already passed, as all coffee invariably does. Much like all invented holidays with no moral compass (unlike World Toilet Day, which arrives on November 19 and tries to raise awareness about the lack of thunderboxes around the globe), International Coffee Day exists solely in the minds of the medical professionals who attempt to make the day interesting, and the headlines that invariably follow.
This year’s effort swirls around the exact point where one should take their morning cup, and like all studies, articulates all the things we’re doing wrong. According to the University of Bath, the optimal time to imbibe our responsibly-sourced texas tea is after breakfast, not before.
According to ScienceDaily, “Research from the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise & Metabolism at the University of Bath (UK) looked at the effect of broken sleep and morning coffee across a range of different metabolic markers. Writing in the British Journal of Nutrition the scientists show that whilst one night of poor sleep has limited impact on our metabolism, drinking coffee as a way to perk you up from a slumber can have a negative effect on blood glucose (sugar) control.”
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The study suggests that “strong black coffee consumed before breakfast substantially increased the blood glucose response to breakfast by around 50%. Although population-level surveys indicate that coffee may be linked to good health, past research has previously demonstrated that caffeine has the potential to cause insulin resistance. This new study, therefore, reveals that the common remedy of drinking coffee after a bad night’s sleep may solve the problem of feeling sleepy but could create another by limiting your body’s ability to tolerate the sugar in your breakfast.”
According to the University of Bath, the optimal time to imbibe our responsibly-sourced texas tea is after breakfast, not before.
The overseer of the study, Professor James Betts, noted: “We know that nearly half of us will wake in the morning and, before doing anything else, drink coffee — intuitively the more tired we feel, the stronger the coffee. This study is important and has far-reaching health implications as up until now we have had limited knowledge about what this is doing to our bodies, in particular for our metabolic and blood sugar control. Put simply, our blood sugar control is impaired when the first thing our bodies come into contact with is coffee especially after a night of disrupted sleep. We might improve this by eating first and then drinking coffee later if we feel we still feel the need it. Knowing this…