October 1st has been established since 2015 as the World Coffee Day. The Greeks show special love for this drink and consume it in large quantities. However, scientists and the general public are deeply concerned about the health effects of coffee consumption.
Researchers from the Biology Laboratory of the Medical School of the Athens University, in collaboration with the GENOSOPHY network and the University of West Attica, investigated these conflicting views and concluded that the consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee per day is related to body weight, but only in people with a specific genetic background.
Their research, published in the internationally recognized International Journal of Obesity, was based on detailed epidemiological, genetic and experimental data from 300 Greek volunteers.
“Τhe results of our study suggest that 3-4 cups of coffee can be included in diets to regulate weight in people with an increased predisposition to obesity and a genetic profile of high caffeine metabolism,” said Dr. Kalliopi Guskou, the first author of the article.