The greatest trick that W.K. Kellogg ever pulled was convincing the world that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. His other passion was his belief that "neither the plague, nor war, nor small-pox, nor similar diseases, have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism," and allowed him to crack off this hilarious double entendre about onanism related deaths, in the style of Kenneth Williams, "such a victim...dies by his own hand."
So, what about it then? Is breakfast important? There is a lot of evidence that people who don't eat breakfast are overweight (and a lot of studies list other ways in which these people are letting themselves down) but these are often funded by a shadowy organisation known as Kellogg's which may in some way be linked to W.K.Kellogg, possibly. Also they never show a causal link but like to encourage people to make that link in their own brains. This is bad science and bad for people but good for breakfast food companies and their shareholders.
So in my extensive survey of people I know in Facebook, I found that most people like a bit of carbohydrate for their breakfast, whether in the form of ready to eat cereals, porridge, or toast. I made a purely subjective judgement as to whether I think people are of an ideal BMI ( I am extremely liberal in these terms and I pretty much considered everybody to fall within this category and no, I won't be admitting who I judged to not fall within this group) and the porridge eaters seem to me to be generally the most egregiously ideally weighted.
Which is annoying because I bloody hate porridge. I've tried to like it but it is truly disgusting, no matter how you dress it up with honey or fruit or curry.
The cerealers and the toasties also seem pretty healthy to me. Which is good because that's what I'm going to stick with. Except for when I've over eaten the night before when I will probably join the no-breakfasters.
What was most amazing to me, given the generally recognised benefits of eating a protein-rich breakfast (probably recognised most by the egg and bacon industry) is how little protein my survey sample were eating. It's supposed to satiate your appetite. Why don't we all do more of it?
Well, Andy, I told myself after thinking about it for some time, that's a bigger load of rubbish than breakfast being the most important meal of the day! When I go away on courses through work and get to stay at hotels with buffet breakfasts, I stock up on bacon and eggs and sausages and whatnot and I still eat a massive lunch.
But maybe, when you've only got three meals to eat in a day, you should consider every meal is important and tasty and exciting.
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”