Why are certain foods only eaten at breakfast?

Are you thinking of breakfast? If you’re from the Western world, these are foods often reserved for the "most important meal of the day," with some restaurants going so far as to only sell them between certain hours. It's even made "All Day Breakfast" a tantalizing offer.

Why are certain foods only eaten at breakfast?

According to Dr. Beth Forrest, a professor of food studies at the Culinary Institute of America, breakfast was long tied to concepts of fasting before taking the Eucharist, but it didn't appear in English written form until the 15th century.

When did breakfast become a concept?

Forrest added that while eggs, bacon, bread, and cheese are staples that have appeared in breakfasts since the medieval period, the middle ages also had fish, beer, and wine on the table.

Some things have remained, while others haven’t

For centuries, porridges weren't thought of as breakfast foods, but were actually consumed across different meals of the day.

Porridge used to have more freedom

One of the effects of the Industrial Revolution was that people had less time to devote to meals, especially breakfast. The meal needed to be prepared quickly, which started to shape what people ate.

Time constraints began

Bacon wasn't always a staple of breakfast. In the 1920s, Beech-Nut Packing Company, a producer of ham, wanted to sell more bacon, so they hired PR consultant Edward Bernays, the story goes.

The story of bacon

Bacon wasn't always a staple of breakfast. In the 1920s, Beech-Nut Packing Company, a producer of ham, wanted to sell more bacon, so they hired PR consultant Edward Bernays, the story goes.

The story of bacon

Since the company found that most Americans ate light breakfasts, Bernays reportedly got 4,500 doctors to sign off on the idea that a heavy breakfast was the healthier way to start the day

A PR stunt

The news caught on like wildfire in newspapers, and sales of bacon shot through the roof. Bacon joined eggs as the dynamic morning duo, and they've been together ever since.

It caught on

North American breakfasts often also include bagels, which was reportedly a result of the vast number of Jewish people who immigrated between 1880 and 1920 and set up bagel bakeries.

Bagels from Poland

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