Key Takeaways From The 10 Year Coffee Study:
- The greatest reduction in death from disease comes from drinking 6-7 cups of coffee a day.
- It doesn’t matter if you drink Decaf, Instant or Ground.
Can 6 Cups of Coffee Per Day Decrease Your Chance of Death?
A recent scientific study conducted by The National Cancer Institute and The National Institute for Health, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association International Medicine, revealed that six cups of coffee per day could decrease the risk of early death by up to 16%.
Researchers have suggested the number of cups of coffee you consume appears to be related to the protection you receive from early death. The results suggest optimum protection comes from consuming 6 cups of coffee a day, which can lead to a 16% reduction in early deaths. This reduction however was decreased to 14% when 8 cups were consumed, and showed that while less than 6 cups can be protective, this is to a lesser degree.
The research also showed that it doesn’t matter whether you have your coffee decaf, instant, or fresh, it is the quantity of coffee consumed which has the protective effect.
This large study of over 500,000 participants, who were studied for 10 years between 2006 and 2016, focused on Britons with an average age of 57. The aim of the study was to provide reassurance to coffee drinkers that coffee can be included as part of a healthy balanced diet.
The results of the study suggest that coffee in all forms can be consumed as part of a healthy diet and these findings are further supported by a European-wide study published in 2017. This study also found that coffee was associated with a reduced risk from certain diseases, and the protective benefits were not limited by country.
More reasons for staff to feel good about their coffee:
Watch Your Caffeine Intake:
Although studies show that coffee is protective, it is important to consider that too much caffeine can have a negative impact on your health.
Negative effects of caffeine can be:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Sleep Disturbance
- Worsened Anxiety
- Headaches (Caffeine Effects on Body)
Therefore, this research suggests that making some of those latte’s a decaf, might be a good way to get your coffee fix with all the benefits and none of the nasties.
Provide Coffee & Create a Healthy Workplace with Westways Vending:
Involving a range of healthy drinks and snacks within your workplace could be the path to happy and healthy employees, and this latest study is an excellent example of how offering coffee within your workplace could improve your employee’s health. At Westways Vending, we offer a wide variety of Fully Managed Vending Machines, including those which provide Coffee and Healthy snacks.
We offer a wide range snacks that meet the NHS requirements; these include popcorn, rice cakes, nuts and seeds, fruit bars and baked snacks, all of which are now available in our workplace and public sites too. At Westways Vending, we value our customers and understand that a healthy workplace improves employee morale and productivity.
We provide high quality vending, and our latest models are A++ rated; machines can also be fitted with touch screens which can display nutritional information, providing your employees with greater opportunities to make healthy choices.
To find out more about our fully managed vending services, please explore our site or give our team a call on 0800 195 3170.
What does the latest coffee study really show?
Are you a regular coffee drinker? If you are, then you need to keep on reading. The latest research by Andreia Miranda at the University of Sao Paulo shows that by drinking just 3 cups of coffee a day you can reduce your chance of heart disease.
The research published by the American College of Cardiology, focused on 4,400 participants and measured their Coronary Artery Calcium levels through a method called computed tomography. It was shown that as the level of coffee participants drank increased, the level of Coronary Artery Calcium decreased.
3 is the Magic Number
Three cups of coffee seems to be the optimum amount, with worries about too much coffee having a negative impact causing problems such as anxiety and irregular heartbeat.
These findings come at a time when heart disease is highly prevalent. In 2015, there were just under 11.3 million new cases of CVD in Europe according to the European Heart Network.
Caffeinated vs Decaffeinated:
The study found no difference between caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that it doesn’t matter if you drink your coffee with or without caffeine, as caffeine isn’t responsible for the decrease of calcium found in the arteries.
It is thought that it is antioxidants in the coffee that are responsible for the result, although cause and effect is yet to be established.
Other suggested benefits of Coffee:
- Reduced Insulin Sensitivity
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Lower risk of diabetes.
Have Your Coffee at the Flick of A Button
Everyone loves a coffee break, and it’s well worth sharing this latest research with your friends who also love a coffee in their work break. If you want your daily coffee fix available at the flick of a button then have a look at our Table Top Instant Machine with 7 product selections Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Hot Chocolate and Hot Water, so your 3 cups a day can come in whichever way you love best.
References: European Heart Network
A Guide To The UK Sugar Tax
The UK’s Sugar Tax was put into force on Monday, 6th April 2018 and with this, it has naturally brought about a variety of questions about what the Sugar Tax means, why it’s been implemented and what it means for consumers and businesses.
What is the Sugar Tax?
The Sugar Tax is a levy which applies to the manufacturers of soft drinks with added sugars; it is at the discretion of the manufacturer as to whether they pass on the additional costs implied through the new Tax onto retailers and customers.
The tax will apply to drinks which fall into the following categories:
The tax excludes pure fruit juices which have no added sugars, as well as high-milk drinks (of 75% or more) due to the calcium provided in these drinks. Food items such as Biscuits and Cakes will also not be effected by the tax and it is expected that there will be a separate levy for food items with added sugar.
- Drinks containing 5-8g of Sugar per 100ml will be taxed at the equivalent of 18p per litre
- Drinks containing more than 8g of Sugar per 100ml will be taxed at the equivalent of 24p per litre
Why is the Sugar Tax being implemented?
The Sugar Tax has been implemented in an effort to encourage a decreased consumption of sugary soft drinks due to increased pricing.
The money gained from the levy will be used to fund School Sports and Breakfast Clubs. Initial forecasts for the Sugar Tax were set at £500 million, yet this has been lowered to £240 million since the Tax was announced in 2016.
This is largely due to many manufacturers reducing the amount of sugar contained in their products to fall beneath the tax’s threshold. Most notably, Irn-Bru and Ribena have reduced the sugar used in their drinks by around 50% so that they fall below the tax brackets. Others such as Pepsi and Coca Cola have not changed their drink’s recipe, but instead have looked at alternative means of reducing bottle sizes and increasing the cost of products.
Will the Sugar Tax Work?
Many question whether the Sugar Tax will have the desired effect; a study conducted by Mintel showed that just under 50% of Brits say that the tax will encourage them to cut-back on their consumption of sugary soft drinks. Furthermore, a similar Sugar Tax was introduced in Mexico back in 2014 and first year results from this showed that 12% of customers were consuming less sugary soft drinks, as well as an increase in the purchase of other soft drink items such as bottled water.
What does the Sugar Tax mean for Consumers & Businesses?
Overall, the Sugar Tax means that both businesses & consumers will either be paying an increased price for soft drinks, buying a smaller portion size, or will find that some of their favourite soft drinks have reduced sugars used in their recipes.
It is also likely that you may find an increased variety of healthier soft drink options; as businesses who provide refreshments for employees, it will be key to re-assess their current offering for employees to help them make better choices for both financial and lifestyle reasons.
To discover more about Healthy Vending Machines which are CQUIN compliant or how to help get your Vending supplies up-to-date with the new Sugar Tax, don’t hesitate to contact us at Westways Vending.
What’s new in vending technology?
Our continued change in lifestyle towards eating and drinking away from home has created a place for vending in numerous outlets, wherever people are at leisure or on the move.
High street coffee culture has had an enormous effect on the vending industry, requiring us to “up our game” in terms beverage quality. Vending machines have had to keep pace with the Baristas on the high street.
The nutritional quality of our snacks and cold drinks range is currently receiving well-publicised scrutiny to which the industry and its suppliers are responding.
Catch the news while your tea brews…
With the development of media screens on vending equipment comes the ability to communicate. Advertisements, messages and news is displayed to engage consumers whilst they wait for their snacks or drinks. Engagement encourages loyalty and hopefully sales. Once a conversation begins, no longer will the vending machine sit quietly in the corner.
Engage with your vending machine.
The latest models of snack and cold drinks machines feature touch screens, allowing nutritional information to be displayed prior to purchasing. A “shopping cart” feature allows users to purchase several items at one time, with the facility for “meal deals” to be offered.
Coffee machines are becoming equally interactive. With touch screens resembling an iPad, User Apps can be downloaded to allow users to fully customise their drink, place an order and check consumption statistics directly from a smartphone. The perfect recipe can even be saved to favourites. Special offers and discounts can be offered to regular users to create loyalty.
A pocket full of coins is a thing of the past
Cashless payment systems have been in existence for a number of years, however the way we use them has changed. Waive and Pay, Apple Pay and Google Wallet are now mainstream ways of paying for small transactions. Bespoke charge cards featuring your company logo can be used to provide staff with a limited number of free drinks. With people carrying less small change, cashless payment systems are becoming essential.
It’s “all about the coffee”
No matter how interactive and engaging the vending machine becomes, our drive and vision will remain rooted in delivering the very best cup of coffee using the best ingredients, and offering a range of snacks which meets nutritional expectations, all delivered from well maintained equipment.
To find out more about what we do at Westways Vending please explore our site or call 0800 195 3170 .