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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
(1) If you?re addicted to coffee, and doctors warn you to quit the habit, don?t worry and keep
relishing the beverage, because it?s not that bad after all! In fact, according to a new study,
the steaming cup of java even beat fruits and vegetables as the primary source of
Antioxidants. The study by the University of Scranton states that coffee is the number one
Source of antioxidants in American diet, and both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to
Provide similar antioxidant levels.
(2) ?Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source.
Nothing else comes close to it? said the study?s lead researcher, Doctor Joe Vinson, adding
that high antioxidant level in food and beverages don?t necessarily translate into levels
found in the body. Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health
benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer, but Vinson said that the
benefits ultimately depend on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body.
(3) The researchers analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items,
including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. The data was
compared to an existing US Department of Agriculture database on the contribution of each type of food item to the average estimated US per capita consumption.
(4) The results were surprising. Coffee came out on the top, on the combined basis of both
antioxidants per serving size and frequency of consumption. It outranked popular
antioxidant sources like tea, milk, chocolate and cranberries.
(5) Of all the foods and beverages studies, dates actually have the most antioxidants of all based
solely on serving size, but since dates are not consumed at anywhere the level of coffee, the
drink comes as the top source of antioxidants, Vinson said.
(6) Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of
potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type II
diabetes, and Parkinson?s disease, according to some recently published studies.
(7) The researchers, however, advised that one should consume coffee in moderation, because
it can make you jittery and cause stomach pains.
A. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions in your own words as
faras possible. Use one or two sentences only for each answer:
(i) What is the good news about coffee?
(ii) ?Nothing else comes close to it? (Para 2) ?It? in this line refers to?
(iii) List the benefits of antioxidants. What factors determine the strength of these benefits?
(iv) On what basis does coffee rank as the top source of antioxidants?
(v) How are dates better than coffee? Why have they not made to the top of antioxidant rich
foods?
B. Find words from the above passage which almost mean the opposite of:
a. hazards (Para 1-2)
b. excess (Para 6-7)
C. Find words in the passage that mean the same as:
a. to enjoy (Para 1)
b. a drink (Para 1)
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