We drink a lot of coffee, and with the growing need to manage widespread chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease through stable blood sugar, these findings are significant.
“We know that nearly half of us will wake in the morning and, before doing anything else, drink coffee,” notes professor James Betts in a news release. “Intuitively the more tired we feel, the stronger the coffee.” But this research, he notes, shines a light on how coffee affects our metabolism and blood sugar control.
That’s not to say we have to give up on our morning cuppa—you just may want to hold off for a bit longer in the morning. “We might improve this by eating first and then drinking coffee later if we feel we still feel the need it,” Betts adds.
Sorry to all the folks who surely won’t welcome this news, but now, you’ve been warned. Luckily, there are tons of healthy breakfasts out there to get our day going before you reach for your mug. Once you’ve eaten, you’re at full liberty to start brewing.