Is coffee good or bad for you? Can a cup a day keep the doctor away?

Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide, its consumption being second only to that of water. It is thought that 2.25 billion cups are consumed everyday with production in 2016/17 of over 150 million 60kg bags. So, are we doing the right thing, is coffee consumption beneficial or detrimental to our health? There has, in the past, been negative connotations with coffee intake due to its caffeine content which may therefore have an undesirable effect on health. However more recently research has demonstrated multiple health benefits of coffee consumption1,2.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Gut bacteria may damage liver by turning carbs into alcohol
  • Why the world is becoming more allergic to food
  • Probiotic supplements may help obese children lose weight,  study claims
  • Effort to cut sugar out of food way off target
  • Study reveals Omega-3 is gold standard in mental health nutrients

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How the diet of dogs has changed

Most pet foods are a far cry from archetypal diets of dogs and from this mismatch many of the chronic diseases seen today in domestic pets have emerged.

When it comes to diet, the jaw structure of canines gives us an indication of the diet that they evolved to eat and thrive on in the wild. Dogs’ teeth and jaws are adapted to a carnivorous diet with teeth that are designed for capturing and dismembering prey. Nevertheless in the last 12,000 years, through domestication, they have adapted to a more omnivorous diet.

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