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OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:35 03 July 2017

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Coffee may help you to slim, but muffins don’t

They say a week is a long time in politics. It’s also a long time if you’re holding your breath.

The point is, news moves so quickly, before one story has sunk in another comes along to dislodge it.

Regular listeners to the afternoon show will know of my love for coffee. I am a devotee of the bean.

I tweeted this week about a ginseng coffee I had in a coffee shop in the Mercury Mall and described it as the best part of my day. The people I had worked with that day weren’t too impressed, but if they wanted me to like them more than the coffee they should have raised their game.

This week I was happy to read that coffee could be the key to getting slim.

New research from China found that coffee makes you eat less and get more exercise.

They did the research on mice, which is a shame as mice don’t normally drink coffee. I would have done those tests if they would have paid for my drinks.

Maybe that’s the difference, the mice had their coffee neat but when you’re in a coffee shop with the steamed milk, cakes/muffins and various paninis you tend to still gain weight. Coffee might be good to keep slim but everything that I have with my coffee isn’t.

Also this week a study found faecal bacteria in the ice in some coffee shops. Seven in 10 samples contained things you would find in a different type of sample

That’s something I didn’t want with my coffee.

The good news is, when I sit in a coffee shop now I’ll be thinking about the bacteria and that’ll put me off my food. So maybe coffee shops are good for weight loss after all.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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