Study: Coffee Affects Metabolism In Greater Ways Than Previously Thought

Coffee is a drink beloved by many, and now a small study suggests drinking java daily may affect the body’s metabolism more extensively than previously thought. Northwestern University researchers looked at 47 adults and found those that drank four to eight cups a day had “altered blood levels of more than 100 metabolites.” That refers to the range of chemicals in the body that change after eating or drinking. While some of those changes were expected, others were not. For example, there were shifts in the metabolites of the steroid system, which includes cholesterol and hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. Study leaders hope this study will lead to more research into the connection between coffee and how it affects the metabolites in the body, which could help explain why coffee drinkers have lower risks of certain diseases. (UPI