Why does it cost so much to put a tea in a pot of hot water, anyway?
How did you start today – tea or coffee? Or neither? A study of more than 400,000 men and women links specific genes for tasting bitter flavours like caffeine with hot beverage consumption.
Ouch! Never again…
From black coffee to a hair of the dog – here's the science behind popular hangover remedies.
A study found the headache went away when participants were given decaf but didn’t know.
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We've all experienced that tense pain in our heads when we're withdrawing from caffeine. But why?
As a nation, we drink 679m litres of the stuff every year.
Children in the UK drink more energy drinks than in any other country in Europe — and many parents are unaware of the health risks.
Drinking coffee before exercising could make you run faster and lift heavier - if you've the right genes.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick.
Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
Studies have found caffeinated drinks retain about as much fluid as water or sports drinks.
Regular caffeine intake makes us tolerant to the effect on irregular users of wanting to go to the toilet.
Just five more minutes … can a coffee before a nap really help you pay back your sleep debt?
Can drinking a cup of coffee before taking a short nap really give you the energy you need to see you through the day?
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Back in the early 1900s, if you felt a bit sluggish you could reach for a beverage enhanced with radioactive elements to really add some pep to your step. It wouldn't be a healthy choice, though.
Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia.
A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can't truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.
So coffee doesn’t stunt kids’ growth, but does this mean caffeine is OK for kids?
Kids normally need a lot of extra nutrition during their adolescent growth spurt, and you might expect the appetite-suppressing effect of caffeine to result in poorer dietary intake and reduced growth.
Legal highs are now illegal in the the UK but why has it taken so long for the law to be changed?
Energy drinks are often promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.
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Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
Around the world, tea is the most common drink after water.
Put the kettle on and relax with a cuppa; your brain, heart and waistline will thank you.
That menu suddenly looks very affordable!
There's great news for coffee lovers. A study has found that caffeine can help combat stress.
Systematic reviews of the research judge the current evidence as mostly in favour of drinking coffee.
Until recently, coffee was on the list of habits to break if you really wanted to be healthy. Not anymore.
Grind, temperature, time and coffee-to-water ratio – nail these for the best coffee.
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You might not need to pee either.
There is no evidence for a link between moderate coffee consumption and dehydration, according to a study in PLOS ONE. The…
A caffeine boost is part of the pleasurable effect of a good cup of coffee.
Sadly, tragic news has emerged that a man in the United Kingdom recently died from caffeine overdose. John Jackson was 40 years old. What makes this unfortunate death worrying is that it was due to consumption…