Sep 11, 2007

Coffee Buzz

by Amanda Sullivan, Assistant Opinion Editor

I love coffee. The classmates who are forced to endure a 7:40 a.m. class with me are  well aware of my addiction to caffeine. My peers understand that I am just plain grumpy without my daily dose of the energy-boosting drink. Additionally, students are acutely aware of the lasting repercussions coffee reeks on the body, or so they think.

As a person who relies on coffee to make it through the day, my curiosity was piqued as to the health consequences. Truthfully, I just wanted to know if there was a way around the perceived health issues that accompany coffee’s great taste. Believe it or not, an argument can be waged as to the positive health benefits of drinking the luscious liquid.

According to, research shows that drinking coffee may lower your risk of acquiring type-2 diabetes. Harvard University conducted an 18-year study, analyzing 126,000 adults, to track down the evidence of the possible health benefits. As it turns out, coffee does have the potential to be healthy choice.

“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” said research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute of Coffee Studies, Tomas DePaulis, Ph.D. “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”

Additionally, there are at least six additional studies that advocate the use of coffee. The studies showed that those who are regular java junkies were 80 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, studies have shown that coffee may help in the cases of asthma, headaches and brighter moods.

Do you remember you parents telling that drinking coffee would stunt your growth or give you cavities? Both proclamations were fallacies. Actually, coffee aids in the prevention of cavities. As for the growth myth, contrary to common belief, coffee does not stunt your growth. You can blame your parents for your lack of height.

What is the secret? The answer is that the enormous amounts of antioxidants contained within the coffee bean are responsible for the good news.  The much-loved caffeinated portion of the drink is also a good thing.

I am excited to report that the results of various studies worldwide show that the person who drinks coffee in higher quantities will reap the benefits of its greatness.  However, as with most research, scientists are not yet willing to be advocates for racking your bill up at you local coffee shop.

As long as there is a potential for my coffee drinking ways to not harm my body, I’m OK with the researchers’ reluctance.

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