Monday, 31 March 2014

Children and coffee

Things that make you think

Last week my empregada told me that she was watching a report and the journalist said that children should drink one cup of coffee with milk (café com leite) every day. I couldn't think of anything worse to give to you kids on a daily basis (talking about legal substances here people!). A week later I'm now doubting myself - my initial reaction is that coffee is bad, it has too much caffeine so why would you want to give your kid something to make them more hyper! My empregada was arguing that it makes a child more alert and is good for brain development.

When I started to research it so I could give her facts I found alot of arguments for and against... and I want to follow my own sensible (?) reasoning but at the same time I've very wary to not sound like a condescending, egotistical, know-it-all gringa... and maybe it's me that's been the one brainwashed all my life?

Coffee is bad link

"In an interesting finding from Brazil, kids who drink coffee with milk are less likely to have depression than other children."Source

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My assistant today was telling me how her sister-in-law is beaten by her boyfriend on a regular basis, and she isn't allowed to work and have any friends. He's jealous and over-controlling. But it's okay because she loves him.

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Research has shown that 65.1% of Brazilians believe that if a woman dresses in revealing clothes she deserves to be raped. 65-f**king-percent?!?! This includes women who think other women deserve to be raped! Where am I living and in what day and age??! Read about this journalist's campaign here.

For further reading on the topc :We are 34.9%, and proud

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  1. This research has been found wrong.

  2. Do you have a link to the negative findings?

  3. Do you have a link to the negative findings?