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Your best breakfast

What does breakfast look like in your house? Is it a rushed preliminary to getting out the door, or is it a time for fuelling up for the day ahead? Conventional wisdom holds that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is it really? It is worth taking a moment to think about what your best breakfast might look like.

A brief history of breakfast

You might think that breakfast at 7am, lunch at 1pm, and dinner at 6 or 7pm is the pattern in which human beings have consumed their food forever. It is always psychologically tempting to assume that the ways things are now is the way they have always been and always will be. It’s nonsense of course.

It’s difficult to imagine our huntergatherer forebears, arising from a fitful sleep in the foetal position on a slightly raised nest of straw during which they had been the main course for all sorts of gnats and bitey things, tucking into a fry-up or even a bowl of nutty wholegrain goodness before commencing the work day with a quick sprint with the local apex predator at their heels. But you don’t have to go back thousands of years to find different breakfast behaviour from what we have today. In reality, breakfast as we know it is a very recent historical phenomenon.

The Romans were indifferent to breakfast and did not really eat it, usually consuming only one

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