By COURTNEY SALISBURY and KATE BERTOG
Most parents are reluctant to allow their kids to try their coffee, in fear they will actually enjoy it and crave more. As a child, around about fourth grade, I was very intrigued by coffee. When my grandmother had it I would always beg to try, and I was given the same response each time, “You can’t drink coffee at such a young age or you will stunt your growth!” Instead I would then make hot chocolate, pretending it was coffee.
While it may not be the best to give children under the age of twelve coffee on a regular basis due to caffeine, studies show it may benefit you in the long run. Caffeine is a stimulant in which is proven to enhance your mood as well as brain function, and often relieve headaches. Studies also show an association between consuming coffee and reducing the possible risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is also known to minimize liver cancers by forty percent. A single cup of coffee contains Pantothenic acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamine, Potassium, and Manganese. Coincidentally, maybe adults should be encouraged to appreciate a couple cups of coffee a day.