As a new mom, I have a new best friend: A morning cup of coffee. I wasn't much of a coffee drinker before, but the sleepless nights and constant baby-wrangling have made it a daily necessity. Imagine my surprise to read that drinking too much coffee could shrink my breasts!
According to a new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, drinking three or more cups a day was enough to cause a smaller breast size. Almost 300 women took part in the study, which asked how many cups of coffee they drank in an average day and measured the size of their busts. The researchers also found that the more coffee the women drank, the smaller their breasts.
At first I was annoyed that a study of this kind was even being done (don't they have more important health issues to research?!) but it turns out that drinking caffeine regularly appeared to reduce the risk of breast cancer among the volunteers, who had been specifically selected from families at high risk of contacting the disease. Why? The scientists believe that the effects of coffee are linked to its impact on the female sex hormone, estrogens, and the fact that it can also affect levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone.