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As keen as we may be to hear about any health benefits of drinking coffee, the headlines aren’t always what they seem. Janko Ferlic/Unsplash

Research Check: can drinking coffee help you lose weight?

Caffeine may be able to increase the function of what we call 'brown fat'. But we shouldn't immediately scramble for the closest long black or flat white and expect to see the kilos drop.
There’s good evidence drinking coffee before exercise can marginally improve your performance. From shutterstock.com

Health check: can caffeine improve your exercise performance?

Many people drink coffee for that extra bit of energy to go about their day. As well as sharpening our minds, there's evidence caffeine can give us a physical boost, too.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick. Duffy Brook

Why can’t dogs eat chocolate?

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. Kyle Meck/Unsplash

Health Check: does caffeine cause dehydration?

Regular caffeine intake makes us tolerant to the effect on irregular users of wanting to go to the toilet.
Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia. Tim Wright/Unsplash

Research Check: can drinking coffee reduce your dementia risk?

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? Jack Fussell/Flickr

Health Check: is caffeine actually bad 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.

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