This post is part of KQED's Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all ages. This post was written by Logan Carter and Allison Robinson, students in Kira Hamman's "Statistical Concepts and Reasoning" class at Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto.
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Learn More About Caffeine
Caffeine is found in more than 60 species of plants. The most well-known natural sources are coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts and cacao pods. About 80 percent of U.S. adults use caffeine daily. For the coffee lover, caffeine is an important part of the morning. It helps jump start the day. But to the scientific community, caffeine has a mixed reputation due to the combination of benefits and risks it represents.