Don’t Leave Without Breakfast

Yes, lord….the weekend and I can step back from all the mindless clap-trap and enjoy a couple days with my lady and my puppies…..

After a morning of waiting for the rest of the house to awaken I decided to do something I do very little of….watch TV.  Do you know how many times Law and Order:  SVU is on?  Personally I do not like cop shows they are mostly the same….so after trying to find something entertaining on the tube and failing I chose to do what I always do……READ!

When I was growing up it was a sin from my grandma if I did not eat a good breakfast…..we were not very well off but there was always breakfast food…..dinner may have been a bit light but breakfast was gonna be a large meal…..

So when I read this piece I closed my eyes and thanked my grandmother……

Researchers say they’ve found the most conclusive proof to date that a good breakfast translates into better grades for kids. In a large-scale study out of Cardiff University, researchers in Wales asked 5,000 children aged 9 to 11 to record everything they ate over 24 hours, from breakfast on the first day to breakfast on the second, reports the Guardian. The results showed that kids who ate a quality breakfast had twice the chance of receiving above-average scores in standardized assessment tests six to 18 months later, compared to those who skipped. The word “quality” is key: Kids who ate candy or other junk food for breakfast—about 20% reported doing so—saw no boost in scores.

This “offers the strongest evidence yet of links between aspects of what pupils eat and how well they do at school,” says the lead author in a release. While breakfast programs “can be seen as an unwelcome diversion,” they “might also deliver educational improvements,” the researcher adds. The head of one school tells the BBC that teachers can tell which students have skipped breakfast. “By around 10am they start flagging,” she says. “It has an effect on behavior and concentration.” In fact, teachers in the study estimated that kids who come to school hungry lose about two hours of learning a day, notes the International Business Times.

To this day I still cannot function with a good breakfast…..grandma was right….she was always right.

And what goes best with a good breakfast?

A good cup of Joe……

Good news, coffee drinkers: You’re less likely to die than those who steer clear of java. A new Harvard study finds regular coffee consumption not only boosts longevity but reduces your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and suicide. The study—based on surveys of more than 200,000 women and 50,000 men in the US—notes non-smokers who drink three to five cups of coffee daily are 15% less likely to die, reports CNN. Those who drink three cups or less have a 6% to 8% lower risk of death, while those who drink more than five cups have a 12% lower risk. The same applies to those who drink decaf, suggesting caffeine isn’t responsible for the benefits, per NPR. While the lead author notes coffee shouldn’t be used “as a strategy for prevention of the chronic diseases,” coffee is a good source of antioxidants, which fight DNA damage, per NBC News.

Also, “the chlorogenic acid, lignans, quinides, trigonelline, and magnesium in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation,” the authors add. However, “people should also be aware of the amount of added sugar to coffee drinks which can become a problem,” the author notes. Coffee drinkers in general were 10% less likely to die from heart disease, 9% to 27% less likely to die from neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia, and 20% to 36% less likely to die from suicide. Interestingly, those who drank less than a cup of coffee a day had a 36% higher chance of suicide. “The main message is that people who enjoy drinking coffee should not worry about it being harmful for their health,” a researcher says. “Coffee may actually be beneficial to their health.” (Coffee might also clean your arteries.)

Damn!  It is great to see that some of my habits will not kill me…..

Enjoy your Sunday….I know I will…..