Lifestyle Quickies

Americans are slugging down java at the highest levels since 2012. The demand for at-home coffee consumption and gourmet drinks are also apparently on the rise, according to an industry study.

In fact, 64% of Americans age 18 or over said they had a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018. Those numbers are on par with levels last seen in 2012, according to results of a survey commissioned by the National Coffee Association. 

The NCA survey asked about 3,000 people what they drank the day before at different times of day. Even as demand for soda and juice keeps dropping, the study shows, coffee, bottled water and tea are steady on the rise.

  • Millennials are driving the rise of gourmet coffee beverages, with 48% of those surveyed saying they had a cup of coffee they consider to be gourmet the day before.
  • Here's something else: smartphone apps with delivery services are niche. Nine percent of Americans who said they drank coffee in the past week had ordered it through an app, the survey showed.

Source: Yahoo!

Motherhood isn't the sort of job where you clock in at nine and off at five. Mom's work every hour under the sun, pretty much. Now we have the research to confirm it.  

A survey of 2,000 American moms of children ages five to 12 analysed their weekly schedule. The study, conducted by Welch's juice company, showed that the average mom begins her work at 6:23am and wraps at 8:31pm.

That makes a mother’s working week a total of 98-hours long, two-and-a-half times more than the average job. And even though a stay at home mom's workday is generally 14-hours, the survey showed the average mom gets just one hour and seven minutes of time to herself every day.

Casey Lewis of Welch’s juice says, “The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of.”

In the meantime, moms and dads, lifesavers include wine, babysitters, family help, Netflix, drive-through meals, iPads, toys and healthy snacks.

Source: NY Post

We all get food cravings from time to time, but it’s not usually kale or quinoa that call to us. No, instead of healthy foods, we tend to crave things that aren’t quite as nutritious. A study from Colorado State University looks into which foods are most likely to be addictive and it’s highly processed foods top the list.

The research even reveals that some of the most addictive foods share some of the same characteristics of “drugs of abuse” in the way they’re typically consumed and absorbed by the body. One thing all the addictive foods on their list have in common is that they’re high in fat and cause a spike in blood sugar.

This study also figured out what the least addictive food is and that honor goes to the cucumber. No big surprise there. And here are the top 10 most addictive foods, according to the study.

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Chips
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice cream
  6. French Fries
  7. Cheeseburgers
  8. Full-sugar sodas
  9. Cake
  10. Cheese

Source: Cosmopolitan UK

Sonic will release a pickle juice slush that will be available in restaurants by June. The new slush flavor apparently combines "sweet and tangy," and will be served at 3,500 Sonic locations nationwide. “Pickle juice is fun,” said Scott Uehlein, Sonic's vice president of product innovation and development. “Nothing says summer like a Sonic slush.” 

Source: Today

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