What causes your Coffee cravings?
Do you ever wake up with a craving for a steaming cup of coffee? Well, research published on 25th Aug in the journal Scientific Reports shows coffee consumption is connected to your DNA.
The research arrived to the conclusion that the amount of coffee you take is directly connected to your DNA after the researchers analyzed genetic data of over 1,200 Italians. The subjects were posed with the question “how much coffee do you take per day?”
There is a gene variation referred to as PDSS2. Those who posses this variant were discovered to take in twice as much coffee than those without it.
A replica of the research done in the Netherlands on more than 1,700 participants arrived at the same results.
What causes PDSS2 individuals crave for coffee?
In explaining the research outcomes, the researchers said that PDSS2 lowers the ability of cells to break down caffeine. That causes it to last for a longer time in the body. We are all aware that caffeine is the one responsible for the addiction.
The researchers said that those containing the gene variation do not require as much coffee as those without to reach an equal caffeine hit.
Nicola Pirastu of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the study author said that the results when combined with an existing research suggest that our DNA drives our craving for coffee.
However, he added that this was not the final findings but instead more research should be done to make it clear the link between PDSS2 and coffee consumption.