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We just cannot seem to win with coffee drinks these days.

What we thought was a straight forward latte is shunned by the health enthusiasts. Just as we adjusted to sweeteners, they were also getting a slap on the wrist, and when they told us to start putting butter in there we nearly threw in the towel altogether. 

Not surprisingly then, opting for plain black coffee  seemed like the way we could avoid any caffeine confrontations.

Unfortunately that may not be true.

If you take your coffee black, you could be a psychopath. Excuse us? 

A study, published in the journal Appetite, revealed  people who have bitter taste preferences could also exhibit psychopathic tendencies.

The researchers at Innsbruck University in Austria surveyed 500 men and women, reports the Independent. They were shown a list of food and drink items categorized as bitter, sweet, salty and sour. They were tasked with rating  the foods —which included bacon, lemons, candy and coffee—on a six-point scale.

Participants were then asked to fill out four personality questionnaires which measured their aggression levels and assessed personality traits of Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism.

They answered questions relating to the “Big 5” personality traits of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.

They also completed the “Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies,” which is probably about as much fun as having a tooth pulled we imagine.

The results showed bitter taste preferences to be “positively associated with malevolent personality traits, with the most robust relation to everyday sadism and psychopathy.” 

Interestingly, also on the list of examples for bitter tastes: tonic water, celery and beer. Perhaps all of those green juice drinkers are not feeling as 'balanced' as they would have us believe.

However, Shape magazine have been quick to point out that the study may not be as accurate as many would believe. They reminded everyone that correlation doesn‘t necessarily equal causation. Meaning: because there is a “positive association” between any two things it does not mean that one of those things will directly cause the other thing.

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​Calling any All Saints fans! The talented songwriter behind the band's hit song Black Coffee is back with her own new album, Indigo Shores.

Kirsty Bertarelli, 43, had put her music career on hold in order to devote more time to her three children, Chiara, Falco and Aleco.

She was also busy travelling the world with her husband’s yachting team, Alinghi.

And yes… you read that correctly! 

Although, if you feel you need a few more reasons to be oh-so envious of Kristy's incredible lifstyle, then be sure to check out her hypnotic Instagram feed.

 

Look of yesterday! Day behind feeling! Sandals @vicedominiofficial hat @melissaodabash

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Still, her days certainly aren't all parties and luxury get-aways. The beautiful singer-songwriter has very much been hard at work developing her new collection of songs just in time for summer.

Having previously supported Simply Red’s Mick Knuckhall, she has also performed for the Prince and Princess of Monaco – so understandably the energetic performer has by now really made a name for herself.

Also a former Miss UK, she explains on her website that her mother encouraged her to write poems – something which has later-in-life been channelled into writing music.

In a recent interview with MP!TV the singer furthermore stated that “the stories behind my songs are also the stories of all our lives”.

While drawing from her own experiences, with Indigo Shores Kirsty aims to take her listeners through “life's ups and downs, the friendship and the laughter, and above all the power of love”.

Kirsty has been passionate about music since she was a young child, saying on her website that being a popstar has been all she’s ever wanted. She adds that while she’s been penning music since her teenage years, now that she’s older “there is so much more to write about!”

Her dedication means she is recognised as being a truly sincere songwriter who aims to give her sound real emotion: “I try to tell a story with true depth and meaning," she says honestly. 

Kirsty has been married to Swiss-born billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, 49, since 2000. The family is worth some €13.25bn. 

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