Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?
We’ve all heard the saying. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most of us believe it, but none of us have ever questioned the origin of the expression. We just assume it’s true because “everybody knows” that!
Now we’re going to bust a myth. The saying Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day was coined by a company famous for it’s over-processed, nutritionally bankrupt sugary breakfast foods. Can anyone say Pop Tarts?
The expression was coined in the 19th century by Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal! Dairies and hog farms quickly jumped on the campaign to push their breakfast offerings as well. And today, well, Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day is considered Gospel!
I’m not saying it isn’t true, just ironic that it was coined by the company that serves up junk food to children across the world to start their day. Those sugary breakfasts are going to be a real hit with the teachers who have deal with little Johnny working off his sugar high in school
Nutritionalist Adele Davis was also big on breakfast. She used to say Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This seems to make good sense. Fill the body with the most nutrients when it is going to use them… at the start of the day.
However, there is another philosophy on this which is to eat a very light breakfast so your body can finish the detox cycle is started while you were sleeping. One of the premises of the Fit for Life diet was to eat only fruit in the morning for this reason.
We’re not bashing Kellogg’s here. Nor are we telling you to eat or not eat breakfast. We just felt you would enjoy knowing the source of the mantra we all seem to live by… and now you can make your own decision on whether or not you eat breakfast. If you do decide eating breakfast is the way to go, ditch the cold cereal. Make up some of our Gluten-Free Superfood Quiche in advance and have a nutrient loaded breakfast to start your day instead.