Have you had a cup of coffee today?
November 23, 2009
Three cups of coffee a day brings a positive impact to your brain and body (according to www.coffee.com). 

rinking coffee in moderate amounts in your mid-life improves the work of the human brain and reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in seniors.  Dementia, meaning "deprived of mind," is a serious cognitive disorder.  Alzheimer's gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn and carry out daily activities, such as talking, walking, memory, etc. Alzheimer's and dementia are characterized by several symptoms which include loss of memory, quick changes in mood and behavior and impaired judgment of reasoning. And drinking coffee can keep them away. 
However, coffee is not always beneficial to health. Coffee drinkers can end up developing hallucinations (www.coffee.com). Coffee may help manage asthma, and may even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop headaches, boost mood, and even prevent cavities in teeth, but coffee can also stain the teeth.  

Some people think that if you drink too much coffee that you will have a growth stunt.  This is not true, as research suggests that coffee consumption has no effect on height.  People thought that caffeine in coffee may be a risk for osteoporosis and subsequently lead to reduce bone mass (according to www.yahoo.health.com).

So why do young people drink coffee? Is it because it tastes good or to become more mature?  Morgan V, 8th grade student, says, "My honest opinion is that young people are trying to become more mature, but also doing what other people are doing." 
Thomas Harber, VA doctor, said, "Young people are trying to be more mature."

Caffeine is a drug that is naturally produced in the leaves and seeds of many plants. It is also produced artificially and added to certain foods. Caffeine is defined as a drug, because it stimulates the central nervous system, causing increased alertness.  Caffeine gives most people a temporary energy boost and elevates mood.

So how is coffee made? Well, coffee is a bean that comes from coffee bean trees, which take 3-5 years to produce their fruit and take special attention to soil, light, and climate to produce a quality harvest. Once harvested, the bean must be removed from the cherry. After harvest, the beans have to be processed to avoid the sticky fruit from fermenting and spoiling the beans. There are two ways to processing the beans: wet and dry.