Coffee can make women's breasts smaller: Swedish study
Published: 16 Oct 08 18:45 CET
Women who drink a lot of coffee may see their breasts become more petite, according to the results of a new Swedish study.
Around half of all women possess a gene shown to link breast size to coffee intake.
"Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size," said Helena Jernström, a lecturer in experimental oncology at Lund University.
But while a regular brew appears to have a somewhat deflationary aspect, there is also one very positive effect in that coffee reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Woman with an average weight but big breasts and a high number of mammary glands run an above average risk of developing breast cancer.
Previous studies have shown that women can reduce this risk by drinking at least three cups of coffee a day.
Jernström wanted to know if there was a further correlation: If drinking coffee and breast size were both connected to the risk of developing breast cancer, could there also be a link between coffee and cup size?
Studies carried out on almost 270 women showed that there was indeed a clear connection between coffee and smaller breasts. The results of Jernström's findings have been published in the British Journal of Cancer.
My thoughts on this? The good side, the research showed drinking at least three cups of coffee a day reduces cancer risk. But I was wondering does it apply for man boobs too? Simon Cowell and former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for example...they both have a well defined man boobs (saw the pics on British gossip online mags). Does that mean they are tea drinkers and some of the women who want to have smaller breasts must drink more coffee???
What do you think about this research? Have your say on whether or not you believe the hype.