TO THE FRENCH IT'S THE 'SMALL MEAL', TO THE GERMANS IT'S THE 'MORNING PIECE' AND TO US IT'S WHERE WE BREAK A FAST. TO ARISTOLOGISTS THOUGH (FROM THE GREEK 'ARISTON' MEANING A MORNING MEAL) IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR LIVES, FOR THEY ARE BREAKFAST GOURMETS, DEVOTING THEIR TIME TO THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CULINARY WAY TO START THE DAY.
And whilst the old adage of “breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” stands up to modern-day nutritional scrutiny, there is no universally-agreed, recommended first meal of the day. It’s generally accepted that you should have something, but what?
For some a strong coffee is enough to kick start their metabolism but most people opt for food. Should we go to work on an egg (with or without an accompanying plate of fried/grilled meats and vegetables)? Or should we go for a bran-based cereal and skimmed milk? Or embrace the French/Danish approach of something made of pastry, fruit and chocolate? Or succumb to a teutonic platter of cold meats and cheeses? Or the Swedish penchant for fish paste on crisp breads? Or devour our way through a stack of American pancakes with bacon and syrup?
The Department of Health and health professionals recommend having something starchy (bread/cereals) with some fruit (fresh/juice/smoothie) or, if you’re on the move, a breakfast bar (but watch out for those pesky sugars sneaking their way in). But others will justify having more because they have the rest of the day to use the calories.
So what’s your approach to breakfast? We’d love to hear your comments (even if you don’t think of yourself as an aristologist).
Food Standards Agency (date unknown) Good Breakfast Guide [online]. (Accessed 17 December 2012).