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Effects of Coffee; It’s All in Your Genes

The New York Times’s Anahad O’Connor shares his discoveries into the conflicting evidence we read about coffee and it’s effects. I’ve summarised some of the key takeaways from the article below.

  • For years, there’s been vast disagreement on whether coffee is good or bad for your health, with much conflicting evidence offered for both arguments
  • Some people respond to coffee with jittery after effects while others struggle without it
  • The gene CYP1A2—found in your DNA make up—which controls the enzyme of the same name is behind how long it takes for your body to break down caffiene
  • Being a fast or slow metabolizer because of CYP1A2 means very different health effects when it comes to coffee

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