Cuppa a day keeps the doctor away – and makes you stronger in old age

A daily cup of tea or coffee can keep you stronger in old age.

Researchers say that drinking coffee and tea at middle age can lead to a reduced likelihood of frailty in late life.

They found that caffeine is the key and those who drank four cups of coffee a day did best. Those who drank black and green tea also benefited.

READ MORE: Brits go nuts for 'pulverised cricket crisps' as insect snacks fly off shelves

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The team from the National University of Singapore looked at 12,000 participants, aged 45 to 74 years old, with a follow-up period of 20 years.

Study author Professor Koh Woon Puay said: “Coffee and tea are mainstay beverages in many societies around the world.

“Our studies show that consumption of these caffeinated drinks at midlife may be associated with a reduced likelihood of physical frailty in late life.”

Participants were interviewed at various ages and asked whether they felt full of energy.

They were also examined for handgrip strength.

The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, concluded higher caffeine intake was associated with lower odds of physical frailty, regardless of the source of caffeine.

It comes after it emerged Brits are going nuts for snacks made from bugs.

Crisps made from crickets are high in protein, gluten-free and only contain good fat.

They are a huge hit with university students and flying off the shelves in posh delis nationwide.

Protein industry boffins forecast their healthy make-up could result in them being as popular as alternatives to dairy milk.

Clara Best, founder of food company Saved, has flogged 25,000 packets of her savoury cricket puffs already this year.

They are made from acheta domesticus – aka house crickets – which are freeze-dried and milled into a powder which is '70% protein and the rest is good fats', she said.

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