Research Round 3: Is coffee healthy or unhealthy?

In my previous rounds I have gone over what benefits you get from coffee, and what drawbacks there are. In this round I will look at the addiction side of coffee and caffeine and then come to my own conclusion of whether I think that coffee is healthy or unhealthy as I'm sure you will do as well. 

And if you have followed my research, or decide to go back and read my previous rounds, please let me know your stance on this topic. I've loved all of the ideas and feedback I've gotten throughout this cycle, thank you!

My grade eight teacher once told our class that too much of something can be addictive. Whether it be sugar, TV, our phones, coffee, the sky's the limit. Maybe even past that. People can be addicted to anything.

Maureen Boyle said that, "Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder. It's a combination of your genetics, your neurobiology and how that interacts with psychological and social factors." (1) Now with this being said, I don't think Maureen meant that if your parent was addicted to smoking, that you would be too. It just means that if your feeling wound up maybe you'd turn to substance for comfort, or something along those lines. 

We often associate addiction with substance abuse and drug usage; however as I stated earlier you can be addicted to anything. Some people consider caffeine to be a drug, it is in that grouping because it is in fact a stimulant. But on the other hand coffee and caffeine are not the same thing. If you were to drink a cup of coffee, or a can of pop, sure you'd feel a little energized between the sugar and caffeine, but did you know that a lot of the caffeine in our pop is synthetically made in China, whereas the caffeine in coffee is extracted by heating the coffee beans up. (2)

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Personally I think that the benefits of drinking coffee outweigh the negative effects. With this being said, the caffeine in coffee is still highly addictive and you should not allow your body to heavily rely on coffee as a way to avoid sleep or to stay awake. 

There are things that I have learned during this process such as how perhaps drinking coffee is better than drinking synthetically caffeinated pop. And that a vast majority of the negative effects of drinking coffee were based off a very slim chance of any of those effects actually happening.  

Thank you for reading my research and I hope to hear what conclusions you've come to by reading my posts. 



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Hi Alanna, 

This is a great topic with a lot of great information distributed through your rounds. It's great to see that you connect your research with yourself and your experiences in life, in demonstrating the importance of what your eight grade teacher said. This makes your research much more interesting and personal, which is intriguing to the reader. I find it very true that anything can be addicted if in excess: for example, eating in excess can become an addiction. Watching Netflix in excess can become an addiction. Studying in excess can be an addiction (hard to believe, I know). But it's really interesting how, when people talk about addiction, they usually relate it to substance use, such as drugs and alcohol. I too, directly relate those two before anything else. However, I have also heard people referring to caffeine as a drug and that it is easy to become addicted. Personally, I don't like the taste of coffee, but I agree with you in the belief that that stimulant is a major factor in the addiction. Would this be considered a 'bad' addiction? Is it possible for an addiction to ever be 'good'?

Anyways, I believe that coffee is good for you. You have provided many benefits for me to believe that it can be substantially beneficial for us. However, in my opinion, coffee is only 'good' in moderation. Just like anything else, coffee in excess brings more detriments than positive health effects. The conclusion I have drawn from the information you provided is that having to rely on something is an addiction. So, if you drink coffee every single day and have done so for a long time, this can bring negative health effects since you no longer know how to live with in, and can potentially have multiple drawbacks.

This is just my opinion, but I really liked how you layed out the facts then formulated your own conclusion from them. Great work!

Hey Alanna,

I loved reading your research this week! I really enjoyed that you also included the tidbit about soda--I didn't know that the caffeine in those is often artificially produced in China! I guess I sort of assumed that caffeine is caffeine is caffeine.

I thought that part about addictions was really on the head--people are often addicted to something without acknowledging it. Because yes, there can definitely be too much of a good thing. 

I think that enjoying caffeine and using it as a little kickstart now and then isn't bad for you. No, I think the issue starts when you can't go a day without it. I remember watching a video where a girl who was addicted to coffee and would drink multiple cups a day tried to switch diets to drinking no coffee. Watching her struggling and being consistently agitated and distressed by this change really outlined the drawbacks and consequences of a coffee addiction (to me). Thus, I think coffee is negative for your health when it becomes a staple that you cannot function without.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading your research! Keep up the good work

Hey Alanna, 

Loved this post, wonderfully created! Had no clue that caffeine could artificially be made. I gotta say though, I am happy that you say coffee is more good than bad. However I'm glad to know the dangers of coffee addiction, or any addiction for that matter. Using in moderation, and not relying on it is key to using it in a healthy way. 

I would like to know a little more on the topic, so maybe next time you can add more info on the long term effects of relying on coffee.


hey Allana i would like to say about the disadvantage of coffee ,it contains caffeine that can cause insomnia, nervousness, stomach upset,nauseavomitingand increased heart breathing rate.                                                   caffeine to our brains adenosine receptors preventing the chemical from binding with receptors and making us tired.

hey Marrington 

what a great and fantastic post.This is because you have helped us to know whether coffee is good or bad to our health this because coffee contains some of the drugs in which makes one to be addicted and the drug that is contained in the coffee is the caffeine which is unhealthy to us if one get to be addicted.For now we cannot say that coffee is bad because we have already become addicted.That is because if you do not take it it can even led someone to be having a problems of headache or even feeling that you are not comfortable during the day.But my big question is that how will us going to do? my be you will going to help us more.keep up a great post.

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