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Coffee pods might seem like a quick and efficient way to brew espresso coffee, but we at Caddies have always believed the only way to get great espresso coffee is to continue the tradition of you being in control of the brewing process. For that reason we've never retailed coffee pod machines.

However, now there's increasing discussion about the downside of pods as a looming environmental disaster. Whilst they're technically 100% recyclable and in most cases the box says you can place them in your recyclables garbage bin, they're ultimately ending up in landfill anyway. At Material Recovery Facilities - where your recycling truck transports household waste to be sorted - coffee pods are unable to be recycled.

'There's a difference between 'they (coffee pods) are recyclable' and 'they can be recycled' or 'they're cost-effective to recycle',' said Mr Parris of TransPacific Industries. TransPacific Industries operates an Material Recovery Facility, known as an MRF, in Hervey Bay. MRFs across Australia are operated by councils or are privately owned.

In March this year, after a project that lasted just shy of two decades, scientists at Japan's National Cancer Centre released some intriguing results. Their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked the lives – and sometimes deaths – of more than 90,000 people. Its conclusion was remarkable: 'The habitual intake of coffee is associated with lower risk of total mortality and three leading causes of death in Japan.'

Actually, it wasn't that remarkable. The study recorded unusually unambiguous findings, but it was broadly in line with a growing body of research that suggests drinking two to five cups of coffee a day may significantly reduce your risk of dying from a wide range of nasties, including melanoma, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.
This represents a complete reversal of the received wisdom of the 1980s, when coffee-drinking was suspected to cause cancer, heart disease and birth defects. Still, for many people today, the suspicion that coffee is bad for you lingers. It seems somehow counter-intuitive that consuming the world's most common addictive substance may actually be a good idea however independent as well as industry-aligned scientists are crowding into coffee research.

You can consume up to 5 cups of coffee a day, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine, without detrimental effects, according to a new report that will help shape the official United States government dietary guidelines due out later this year.

This is the first time caffeine has been mentioned in the advisory report, which is submitted by a panel of experts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services every five years. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be finalized by the end of the year.

The caffeine in coffee acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration.

  1. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that a cause and effect relationship between improved alertness and attention and 75mg caffeine (the amount in a regular cup of coffee) had been established.
  2. Caffeine can improve wakefulness in situations of reduced alertness or lack of sleep, for example; night-time driving, working at night, suffering from a cold and during the post-lunch dip.
  3. In a sample of people under 40, a study found that caffeine or coffee may be effective in improving performance in those suffering from jet lag or shift work sleep disorder.
  4. Some studies have shown that caffeine may enhance memory performance, particularly when tedious, repetitive tasks are involved. However, higher intake may decrease performance, possibly due to over-stimulation.

 

 

ISIC the institute for scientific information on coffee 2014

Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people around the world and is one of the most extensively researched components in the diet. New studies are regularly being added to the already large body of scientific research. Taken overall, the research indicates that moderate coffee consumption (typically 3-5 cups per day) fits well with a healthy balanced diet and active lifestyle.

This conclusion stems from the findings of many studies that have looked into coffee's potential relationship with mental and physical performance, as well as specific health considerations.

 

ISIC the institute for scientific information on coffee 2014

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