Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day
The word “breakfast” literally means “to break the fast”—i.e., the long period of time when we’re sleeping instead of eating. As we sleep, we continue to draw from our glycogen reserves. Although our skeletal muscles may not have high demands during sleep, our brains still do. Breakfast replenishes our energy stores, making it the most important meal of the day.
Global Diversity in Breakfast Foods and Flavors
While most people agree that breakfast is an important meal, there is little agreement on what makes a perfect breakfast. In some cultures, carbs are the main event, while in others, protein takes center stage. Whether sweet or savory, simple or gourmet, breakfast choices around the world are a product of culinary tradition and locally available foods that can give rich insights into different cultures.
Take a tour of the diverse and delicious breakfast foods and flavors found around the world:
In the U.S. and Canada, cereal is the breakfast favorite. Quick and convenient, cereal helps busy families fit breakfast into their schedules. Cereal can also be a healthy choice, with cereal trends like high protein and high fiber expanding options for health-conscious consumers. While toast, waffles, pancakes, eggs, and bacon are also part of the North American breakfast scene, cereal remains the day-to-day choice.
Italy is renowned for its coffee culture, making it no surprise that coffee is a breakfast essential. An Italian might have just a cappuccino or espresso for breakfast or might add a pastry, such as a cornetto. Stopping off at a café before work remains a popular tradition in Italy. However, at-home breakfast options also include bread with jam and yogurt with fruit.