Your Morning Cup Of Coffee Is Also Your Morning Cup Of PesticideEsther Inglis-Arkell8/28/14 9:20amFiled to: biochemistrycaffeinecoffeepesticidesadenosine monophosphatescience864EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe thing that gets most of us up in the morning is a nice big dose of poison. Fortunately, it's not poison for us. It is, however, something that's left a trail of dead snails in labs, and that we crave every morning.There's decidedly mixed data on whether caffeine is good for people or not. It can do many things, including sharpen your attention, stave off Alzheimer's disease, and decrease your risk of cancer. It also cranks up your blood sugar, interacts adversely with your prescription medication, and increases your risk of cancer. (Cancer is annoying that way.) But what does caffeine do for the plant that produces it? It's not that we haven't serendipitously found some great medications in plants. It's just odd that certain plants should develop this miracle substance that does so much to the human body.