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Read the following selection about caffeine and answer the questions that follow. Caffeine

What is Caffeine?
problem. For others, even a little caffeine, say the amount in a chocolate bar, interferes substance that changes how the body works. with their sleep and perhaps makes their Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the brain hands shake, giving them a nervous feeling. and nerves, the heart and circulatory system, and the stomach and intestines. It also acts people choose to avoid caffeine and either do as a mild diuretic, which means that it helps not drink coffee, tea, or colas, or choose increase urination and helps eliminate water products that have had caffeine removed. from the body. Caffeine has advantages and Decaffeinated coffee, tea, and colas contain little caffeine. Caffeine-free products contain moderate amounts, caffeine can be harmless no caffeine. Both are now widely available. and even beneficial. It makes people feel Other alternatives include herbal teas and some soft drinks such as seltzer, fruit- helps them work longer. It is used as an flavored soft drinks, or ginger ale, which ingredient in some pain relievers because it has been shown to help relieve headaches. Caffeine is also found as an active ingredient Where Does Caffeine Come From?
plants, which is why it has been a common much of it can cause nervousness, anxiety, element in food and drink for centuries. The irritability, and a jittery feeling. It can four largest plant sources of caffeine are the interfere with a person’s ability to get to beans of the coffee plant; tea leaves; pods from the cocoa plant, from which chocolate is serious side effects. It is known to raise blood pressure. It can also increase the minute. The increase in blood pressure and contain caffeine in their leaves, seeds or heart rate is one reason that people feel fruits. So why do plants produce caffeine? nervous if they have had too much caffeine. Caffeine appears to help the plants grow by Doctors frequently tell people who have high acting as a mild insecticide. It also appears to help protect the plants from infections by completely eliminate caffeine from their diet. caused by drinking coffee, tea, or colas, or long and interesting histories. They have eating too much chocolate is “jitters,” the risen and fallen in popularity but they have been part of the human diet for a long time. from caffeine. The amount of coffee or other “What is Caffeine?” from Caffeine by Valerie symptoms is variable and is different for DeBenedette. Copyright 1996, published by Enslow Publishers, Inc. Reprinted by permission of the each individual. For some people, drinking five or six mugs of coffee a day causes no Published May 2004. May reproduce for instructional and educational purposes only, not for personal or financial gain. most similar to the relationship
is most likely to be caffeine-free?
the coffee plant is most likely true?
They have less caffeine than tea leaves do. Published May 2004. May reproduce for instructional and educational purposes only, not for personal or financial gain. Which of these statements best supports the author’s claim that caffeine is a drug?
It is known to raise blood pressure.
It is naturally found in many plants.
It is an added ingredient in some foods.
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