Why the Concept of a Healthy Breakfast is Linked to Religion
on 30 November 2016
Did you know that John Harvey Kellogg (aka creator of the breakfast cereal brand) was deeply-religious and believed "masturbation was the greatest evil, which bland, healthy foods like corn flakes could prevent"? Weirdly, this is related to our fairly recent obsession with eating a healthy breakfast. When the Industrial Revolution occurred in the late 19th century, people began worrying more about health—due to many workers standing or sitting still for long periods. Instead of eating whatever was leftover for breakfast, people began eating lighter, "healthier" meals when they woke. It turns out, however, that this was all simply rhetoric and if you eat cold pasta, leftover veggies or nothing at all for breakfast, you won't necessarily be unhealthy—or go to hell. In fact, "health research has proven that skipping that fried egg or bowl of cereal does not lead to weight gain, health issues or underperformance." Read more at The Guardian.