Tuesday Newsday – A Coffee Consumption Gene?

April 12th, 2011

Until I met my husband, I never really drank coffee. I mean, sure…I played the brooding writer card as a young woman, smoking a butt and having coffee black while trying to pen something amazing. But then I realized…dude, you brood and you stink…so I quit the cigs and the coffee.

Then I met Keith. A man who once pulled out a second coffee maker from the basement when our house guest was taking too long to brew his own special cup. My man gotta have his Joe n-o-w.

Now I have a cup every morning. Not sure if I need it, but there it is. I’m the daughter of a parent team who practically IVs the stuff into their veins in the A.M. (ask me about my mom’s disposition during Lent when she gives up coffee…go ahead…ask me and I’ll smack you…cuz I don’t want to relive that dark place without the dark roast), so I found this new info on coffee drinkers fascinating. A team of researchers have found variations on two genes (AHR and CYP1A2—also known as CYP1-lump-or-A2) that may influence how much coffee people consume.

Where do you fit into the coffee drinking gene theory?

If you rely on a deep, sludgy kick of java to get you through the day, your need for caffeine might have something to do with your genes: a team of researchers have identified variations on two genes that may influence how much coffee people consume. The study was a meta-analysis of data from five studies involving 47,341 U.S. participants of European descent, and run by scientists from the National Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more…

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One Response to “Tuesday Newsday – A Coffee Consumption Gene?”

  1. Keith says:

    Know coffee = know peace. No coffee = no peace.

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