Informative Caffeine

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Caffeine

Topic: Caffeine
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, my audience should understand the beneficial effects of caffeine, the negative effects and discuss what are considered safe levels of caffeine consumption. Thesis Statement: The three areas I will cover in my speech are the beneficial effects of caffeine, the negative effects and discuss what are considered safe levels of caffeine consumption.

Introduction

Attention-Getter: If you are still standing you are part of a rare group of Americans because statistics show that 90% of Americans consume caffeine daily.

Audience Justification: Caffeine is pervasive in our society these days and every few months we hear about how a study has shown that it is bad for us or good for us. What are we to believe?

Ethos/Credibility Statement: I have been a big consumer of caffeine in my life and I have consumed it for many reasons. A lot of times I just need the energy and at other times a can of pop really hit’s the spot. My parents are both addicted to caffeine and I am trying not to become as bad as they are about it.

Thesis Statement: The three areas I will cover in my speech are the beneficial effects of caffeine, the negative effects and discuss what are considered safe levels of caffeine consumption.

Body
I. The first thing I will cover is the beneficial effects caffeine.
A. Caffeine, which comes from the leaves, seeds and fruits of about 63 different plants, is well known as a stimulant.
B. Why do we like caffeine?
1. Caffeine has a variety of ‘psychoactive’ effects, which are assumed to play an important role in influencing the consumption of caffeine- containing beverages. (Peter Rogers, Consumer Sciences Department, AFRC Institute of Food Research)

2. Although this would appear to be contradicted by a failure to find strong reinforcing effects of caffeine, recent studies...
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