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Researchers Find An Unexpected Benefit of Caffeine: Honesty

Researchers Find An Unexpected Benefit of Caffeine: Honesty

Approximately 33% of — or about 83 million — Americans receive less than the recommended amount of sleep. Lack of adequate sleep has been linked to a host of adverse effects on our physical and mental health, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, and other ailments. It also wreaks havoc on our cognitive abilities and work performance by impairing memory and learning, judgment, and critical thinking. And of course, insufficient sleep is associated with a higher rate of accidents, injuries, and medical and occupational errors. However, it is less widely known that sleep deprivation may promote deception and even delinquency through its effects on self-control and regulation.

While some studies have shown that sleep deprivation is associated with unethical behavior as well as delinquency, one study demonstrates that providing a jolt of caffeine may help ward this off.

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The Experiment

How is this demonstrated, you ask? In their study, researchers compared 100 college students kept awake all night in a lab with 100 well-rested students. At the start of the experiment, all 200 students were given two pieces of mint gum. Half in each group received normal gum and the remaining half received gum with 200 mg of caffeine, or approximately the same amount contained in a 12-ounce cup of coffee.

Participants then engaged in a game where they were told that they would be splitting money with someone in the study. As part of the experiment, they could either send an honest or deceptive message to the participant with whom they thought they were sharing the money. The deceptive message would benefit them, whereas the honest one would not. An additional condition was that half of the total participants were encouraged to send the deceptive message as part of a test of social influence. The other half were not prompted to send either type of message.

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Results

They results are striking. The 100 sleep-deprived students were far more likely to send a deceptive message than their 100 well-rested counterparts. And among the sleep-deprived students, those who received the caffeine were less likely than their non-caffeinated counterparts to send the deceptive message.

These results highlight that sleep deprivation can lead to “ethical lapses,” but it also points to the idea that caffeine may help blunt this adverse effect.

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Another Study

A subsequent study suggested something similar, which is that caffeine may protect against increased risk-taking propensity in those who are sleep deprived. In this study, 25 adults completed two different risk-taking scales at regular intervals during 75 hours of continuous sleep deprivation. Yes, you read that right — these subjects had approximately three days of no sleep. Roughly half were given caffeine during the sleepless nights of the study; the control group received a placebo. Results showed that while the placebo group showed significant increases in risk-taking propensity and behavior over those three nights, the caffeinated group did not. So caffeine may help to compensate for the effects of even severe sleep deprivation.

Making Use of Caffeine

While caffeine is not a substitute for sleep, and can be detrimental in large doses, it may be able to offset the negative effects of sleep deprivation by giving you the extra energy needed to resist harmful social influences and strengthen willpower and self-control. So next time you feel sleepy, consider grabbing a cup of coffee or other caffeinated drink. It might just keep you from telling that little white lie or doing something you may later regret.

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Published on March 22, 2019

14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

1. Green Salads

    Photo credit: bake your day

    Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

    Ingredients:

    • Kale
    • Lemon
    • Olive oil
    • Salt
    • Pepper

    How to make it:

    1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

    2. Chickpea Slaw

      Photo credit: Unsweetened Caroline

      Ingredients:

      • ¼ cup plain yogurt
      • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. water
      • Salt
      • Black pepper
      • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
      • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
      • 2 shredded carrots
      • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

      How to make it:

      1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
      2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
      3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

      3. Juice Your Greens

        Photo credit: Loving it Vegan

        Ingredients:

        • A handful of kale
        • A handful of cabbage
        • A handful of parsley
        • A stalk of celery
        • An apple or a pear

        How to make it:

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        1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
        2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

        4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

          Photo credit: Gimme some oven

          This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

          Ingredients:

          • Broccoli
          • Meat (of your choice)
          • Olive oil
          • Salt
          • Pepper
          • Apple cider vinegar

          How to make it:

          1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
          2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
          3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

          5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

            Photo credit: Gimme some oven

            A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

            Ingredients:

            • Ground meat (of your choice)
            • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
            • Organic oil/butter
            • Store bought sauce/dressing
            • Salt

            How to make it:

            1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
            2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
            3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

            6. Green Smoothie

              Photo credit: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

              Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

              Ingredients:

              • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
              • 1 banana
              • 1 cup blueberries
              • Milk/Soy milk
              • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
              • A tea smoothie

              Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

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              • ¾ cup green tea
              • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
              • 2 tsp. lemon juice
              • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
              • 1 small pear
              • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

              How to make it:

              Blend until smooth.

              7. Feta Omelet and Toast

                Photo credit: Improved Health Club

                Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

                Ingredients:

                • Chopped broccoli
                • 2 eggs
                • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
                • 2 slices toasted bread
                • Olive oil

                How to make it:

                1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
                2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
                3. Eat with toast.

                8. Banana and Almond Toast

                  Photo credit: Dolly and Oatmeal

                  This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

                  Ingredients:

                  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
                  • 1 slice rye bread
                  • 1 sliced banana

                  How to make it:

                  Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

                  9. Quinoa

                    Photo credit: Kitchme

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                    You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

                    Ingredients:

                    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
                    • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
                    • 1 small tomato (chopped)
                    • 1 scallion (chopped)
                    • 1 tsp. olive oil
                    • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
                    • Salt
                    • Pepper

                    How to make it:

                    Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

                    10. Hummus and Beans

                      Photo credit: Pinch and swirl

                      Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

                      Ingredients:

                      • ¼ cup canned white beans
                      • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
                      • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
                      • 2 tsp. olive oil
                      • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

                      How to make it:

                      1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
                      2. Add assorted vegetables.

                      11. Egg Sandwich

                        Photo credit: Home Sweet Eats

                        Ingredients:

                        • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
                        • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                        • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
                        • ¼ curry powder
                        • Salt
                        • Pepper
                        • Rye bread
                        • ½ fresh spinach

                        How to make it:

                        1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
                        2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

                        12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

                          Photo credit: My Recipe Magic

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                          Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

                          Ingredients:

                          • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                          • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
                          • 2 slices bread
                          • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
                          • 1 pear (sliced)
                          • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

                          How to make it:

                          1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
                          2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

                          13. Salmon Noodles

                            Photo Credit: Killing Thyme

                            Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

                            Ingredients:

                            • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
                            • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
                            • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
                            • 1tbsp sesame oil
                            • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
                            • Salt
                            • Fresh pepper
                            • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
                            • ½ avocado

                            How to make it:

                            1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
                            2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
                            3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
                            4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

                            14. Spaghetti Squash

                              This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 spaghetti squash
                              • 2 tsp of olive oil
                              • 2 pinch’ of salt
                              • 2 pinch’ of pepper

                              Steps: 

                              Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

                              All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

                              Featured photo credit: Brandy S via unsplash.com

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