Your Coffee Addiction Could Actually Be Genetic

A new study published in Scientific Reports shows that love of coffee is actually linked to our genes. Do you love coffee as much as your parents do?

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Calling all coffee lovers (so everyone, right), our coffee obsession could actually be genetic. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now knowing that we really don’t have control over our addiction…

A new study published in Scientific Reports explained that for people who are regular coffee drinkers, chances are their first drink of coffee was especially bitter; “Individuals who are genetically more sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine actually ended up liking coffee more than those who aren’t.”

The study went on to explain that “those of us with higher sensitivity to the bitterness of coffee also quickly learn to associate that taste with the boost our bodies get from the caffeine is contains.” So, if your parents are avid coffee-drinkers, you should ask them how their first experience with black coffee was…chances are it wasn’t very good.

“You’d expect that people who are particularly sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine would drink less coffee,” Marilyn Cornelis, a senior author of the study said in a statement. “The opposite results of our study suggest coffee consumers acquire a taste or an ability to detect caffeine due to the learned positive reinforcement (i.e. stimulation) elicited by caffeine.”

Basically, our bodies learn to associate the bitterness of caffeine with the positive, stimulating effects of it. This positive association now means coffee drinkers could drink black coffee all day with no problems, the bitterness doesn’t taste bad to them. This sensitivity to the bitter taste of caffeine is a genetic trait that could be passed on, so chances are if you have great love for coffee, your parents probably do, too.

Do you love coffee as much as your parents do? Read more about this story on NY Post here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A new study published in Scientific Reports shows that love of coffee is actually linked to our genes. Do you love coffee as much as your parents do?

Totals
50% I sure do
50% Actually, no
Males
49% I sure do
51% Actually, no
Females
50% I sure do
50% Actually, no

I sure do

Actually, no


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