This is my persuasive essay about coffee, which was a class assignment. We had to think of a topic and write an essay to persuade people to see through our eyes. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to comment on anything you liked, thought was interesting, or think I should work on!
Can Your Morning Cup of Coffee be Causing You Harm???
Do you drink Coffee? Maybe your morning Cup O’ Joe is doing more harm than good. Coffee is a mild stimulant (a type of drug) made to keep you up and alert, but can too much be bad for you? After drinking coffee, you feel awake, but you can get hyper or even fall asleep hours later. Coffee also causes stunted growth. No one, especially children under the age of eighteen, should drink coffee.
Yes, coffee tastes good, and it’s an alternative to sugary soda and energy drinks, but coffee can also stunt growth. Not because it has a chemical that does, but it has caffeine, which keeps you awake. Even though coffee does keep you alert and awake, you will eventually fall asleep and need a nap because your body needs sleep to grow, and drinking coffee makes you sleep less. And, sleeping less means growing less, especially if you’re under eighteen and not done growing.
Statistics show that 54% of Americans drink coffee daily. Drinking coffee also stains your teeth, making them yellower, and yellower over time. Coffee is a colored drink that slightly stains your teeth when you drink it, and it becomes more noticeable over time. And, with this new coffee shortage, coffee has become more expensive. Coffee as a stimulant, a type of drug meant to keep you awake, like drugs is addicting. These addictions have been shown because coffee addicts who don’t get their morning of afternoon cup of coffee get headaches; particularly migraines. With the growing expense of coffee, if you are addicted be prepared to take a blow, not just in your pocketbook, but also in a possible cutback to your daily dosage of fresh roast.
Worse than yellow teeth, stunted growth, sugar rushes, and sleepiness, coffee can increase the risk for certain diseases. According to a biotherapy journal, over 1,000 chemicals have been found in coffee, 19 of which are known rodent carcinogens. A carcinogen is a substance that can directly cause or accelerate cancer. Animal carcinogens SHOULD not affect humans, but I would feel uncomfortable if I knew I was drinking 1,000 chemicals. Coffee though can cause anemia in expectant mothers and their soon to be infants.
Stunted growth, yellow teeth, possibly cancer and anemia, but you get the smell of fresh roasted coffee in the morning. To drink or not to drink is the question? I don’t drink coffee and I don’t think I ever will. I don’t want to drink 1,000 chemicals (19 of which cause rodent cancer) in my coffee. I don’t think anyone should drink coffee. Take a stand to save your health, don’t drink or buy coffee.
Arnes, Bruce N.; Gold,Lois S. “The Causes and Prevention of Cancer: The Role of Environment.” Biotherapy 11. 2-3 (1998): P.63-220. Web. 8 June 2010 <http://www.springerlink.com/content/r/65687515131203>.
Multiple Authors. “Health Effects of Coffee.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia, 31 May 2010. Web. 8 Jun 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_coffee>.