TOP OF THE MORNING
If it didn’t happen before 11am, it isn’t worth talking about. Wipe the sleep from your eyes, have a stretch and pull up a stool at the bar – it’s time to choose your breakfast tribe
What your breakfast of choice says about you
Cast your mind back: you’re sitting at your childhood breakfast table reaching for one of two boxes. The first is emblazoned with the image of a certain cartoon tiger, the other has a monkey in a hat chowing down on something chocolatey. After a bowl – or two – it’s off to school on a blood sugar spike strong enough to drive your teachers to the job centre. Breakfast has always been bloody magical, hasn’t it? And it’s enjoying a renaissance, where every bowl or plate served pre-11am is obliged to deliver that same excitement you had as a kid. While you used to sink a chunk of your wages on dinner, the salary-shrinker of 2018 is breakfast – the UK spends an estimated £76 million a day on it. Showing early morning eats some love certainly isn’t bad news for your health, either. Those who eat breakfast typically weigh less than those who skip it, according to the National Weight Control Registry. And research by the American College of Cardiology last year found that missing your morning meal could lead to poor heart health, too. You may not realise it, but what you eat for breakfast says more about you than your carefully curated social feeds ever could. Time to find your tribe.