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The amount of caffeine being consumed is apparently of great importance, as approximately 200 mg can increase one's chances to get better results on an attentiveness performance test while an approximate of 400 mg can do the opposite. Caffeine abuse can lead to serious problems in the case of people who need to be alert. Caffeine was tested in a series of other cognitive-related experiments but none of them produced satisfying results (Snel, Lorist, and Tieges 58).
Coffee contains numerous chemicals, each of them adding to its flavor and to the effects it produces on the body, with the most notable of them being caffeine. The aroma coffee releases is surely seductive, as there is nothing else like it. From the very first moment one opens the coffee recipient numerous microscopic particles are inhaled, stimulating the olfactory nerve, this sensation getting even more intense when the brew is actually ready to be drunk. Most people will not even wait to contemplate on these factors before actually starting to drink, given that the smell makes it almost impossible to stop (Halweil).
What's ironic about people in the Occident who drink coffee is that they tend to overlook, or ignore the fact that it was produced in Third World countries. What's troubling about this is that in an attempt to generate as much profits as they possibly can, people in the coffee industry do not hesitate to deforest large areas of land in order to plant more coffee crops. This in turn has a devastating impact on the environment, thus making it more important for people in the Occident to want to learn more about where their brew is made. Sun coffee is very probable to generate large profits in the coffee business, but the costs on the environment are much higher (Halweil).
Coffee does not necessarily be raised in areas with no forest in order to make a lot of money for the people who crop it. Moreover, if being produced in safe conditions it can actually bring benefits to the environment, given that it takes in large amounts of carbon. "Worldwide, the average coffee farmer earns less than $3 a day" (Halweil). If a middle class individual in the West were to check the conditions his or her coffee was made in before actually deciding to buy it, it is likely that he or she will choose the coffee brand mentioning that it supports the environment, even if it is slightly more expensive than a regular brand.
Large portions of land in Latin America were deforested because farmers felt that this would allow them to grow more crops. However, this did not happen in most cases, and farmers were left with the same amount of crops as before and with lesser trees to take in carbon dioxide (Taylor).
Governments in Latin America (and governments worldwide) need to provide farmers with thorough instruction regarding the growth of coffee. In spite of the fact that these farmers have a history in growing coffee, since most have grown it for generations, they tend to commit mistakes in search of larger profits, given that the coffee they produce is sold for virtually nothing (Taylor).
According to certain studies recently performed, coffee can be more than energizing and relaxant, as it can also serve as a good source of nutrients. In addition to this, the potion can be useful in the case of people using tap water to make coffee. The substance apparently prevents a series of metals from entering the body, through the fact that the sediments on the bottom of the cup prevent metals found in tap water from entering the body (Greene).
The Center of Science in the Public Interest has released the results of a study that showed that drinking coffee can decrease the risk of contracting Parkinson's disease, liver affections, and even heart disease. Also, these studies have proved that most people will not be negatively affected in consequence of drinking coffee, at least on condition that they do not go beyond the standard quantity of three cups per day (in the region of 300 mg) (White 52).
All things considered, coffee is not as evil as the general public was wrongly inclined to believe. Because they are not acquainted with more information regarding coffee, numerous people are actually prevented from enjoying the beverage and its qualities.
Even when it was tested to verify the connection between it and alcohol and tobacco consumption, coffee was found to have nothing to do with these two. Researchers in this experiment have not reached a conclusion regarding coffee and its negative effect, as they were only left with the option of preparing for a future investigation, where they would consider more factors that might have prevented them from accurately determining coffee's damaging effects (Swan, Carmelli, and Cardon).
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