Editorial: Got to get my coffee

Staff Editorial


It’s early in the morning and you are getting up to start you daily routine that will hopefully lead you to a great day. You shower, put on your clothes and sit down for breakfast with the morning paper and your nose tingles as it fills with the greatest scent that God has ever put on this earth – coffee.

Coffee is becoming a staple in American culture. No longer do Americans reach for a Coca Cola. Instead, the reach for their skinny latte with two shots of espresso, carefully and with a cardboard sleeve because it’s steaming hot.

Coffee is a miracle worker transforming the grumpiest night owls into the cheeriest morning people. And while many Americans can’t start their day without their “Cup of Joe,” is this a healthy and safe habit for our culture to accept and nurture?

One cup of coffee can disturb your sleep at night according to healthyfoodstar.com. The caffeine in one cup takes eight hours to process through your body. Bad sleep leads to a tiresome morning and reaching for your favorite sarcastic mug to fill with coffee may seem to be the best solution, it potentially could be the worst.

More than three cups of coffee a day greatly increases risks of heart attacks and rheumatoid arthritis.­

Economically, Americans do not save. And it does not help that on average, Americans spend about $14 on coffee a week – $1,100 a year.

If you’re a java nut, don’t panic. It’s not all bad – coffee does have some positive aspects to a person’s health.

Men can lower their chance of prostate cancer by 20 percent with six or more cups a day according to an article of the Huffington Post. Women can reduce their risk of endometrial cancer by 25 percent by drinking four or more cups daily.

Coffee intake helps prevent Alzheimer’s. The amount of caffeine increases proteins in the brain that affect memory loss according to healthyfoodstar.com. The addicting brew also helps regulate blood flow and increases brain activity.



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About Ashley Shuler 1253 Articles

Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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