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When Used Moderately, It Is Seldom Injurious.

About once in so often the question of coffee drinking being injurious is agitated for awhile, then the agitation subsides and people go on drinking it According to the best authorities, coffee taken in moderation is not only harm-. less, but highly beneficial. Its value a$ a stimulant has always been recognized, and the fact that it is so highly prized as a beverage, if there were no other reason, would go far to prove that it has a powerful influence on the nervous system. . The action imparted to the nerves, however, is natural and healthy, and habitual coffee drinkers generally enjoy good health and live to a good old age. Fcr brain- workers, declares the Boston Globe, its value cannot be overestimated. . It has been called the "mental beverage," and, unlike alcohol, the gentle exhilaration it produces is not followed by any harmful reaction. It causes contentment of mind, allays hunger and bodily weakness and increases the capacity for work. It is said that coffee drinkers are happier and more contented than those who abstain from its use and drink a like quantity of tea. Taken in moderation, coffee aids digestion, and to those not in the habit of using it it is often a valuable temporary remedy for paroxysmal headaches, the peculiar headache of Bright's disease and that produced by defects in the eye. The faehionable after dinner coffee not only enables the stomach to perform its functions with comparative ease, but it relieves that sense of oppression so often experienced after a hearty meal. The nutritive properties of coffee have been the subject of considerable dispute, but it is now quite generally recognized that cofiee contains essential properties of nutrition far exceeding its exhilarating properties. It enables those who use it to remain a long time without food, as soldiers are often obliged to do in time of war. It also decreases the sensibility-to physical discomforts. Its best results are obtained when it is mixed with an equal quantity cf pure cream or milk, which forms an alimentary drink , containing all the elements of good food, with the additional stimulating effect on the mind and nervous system. Many peoplo have an idea that strong coffee is injurious and tfiat it should be made weak. This is a mistake. Weak coffee is bad, as it contains no nourishment, distends the stomach with liquid and prevents digestion. It should always be taken warm. Iced coffee, like all other iced drinks, is injurious. , While coffee should never be taken in the place of food, as it is sometimes by the poorer classes, rich cafe an lair, with bread, makes a good and sufficiently substantial breakfast for people of sedentary occupations. No other meal, however, should be composed of either tea or coffee with bread alone. Coffee is especially a drink for adults of sedentary habits, father than laboring people or children, as its stimulating effect on the mind and imagination is not required by tbo laboring man and is decidedly harmful to the growing child.

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When Used Moderately, It Is Seldom Injurious., Manawatu Standard, Volume XL, Issue 7596, 10 July 1903

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When Used Moderately, It Is Seldom Injurious. Manawatu Standard, Volume XL, Issue 7596, 10 July 1903