(Colorfully) Part of This Complete Breakfast

It was the tagline of every cereal commercial, even the ones with cartoons. Lucky would be climbing out of the prying fingers of the greedy children chasing him through keen use of his treasured marshmallows only to somehow fail comically, and have the cereal land perfectly in range of the final shot, with a grapefruit, a glass of orange juice, a glass of milk, toast possibly with grape or strawberry condiments, sometimes even eggs scrambled, and whatever else could be thrown in that would somehow balance out all of the decided nutritional needs at the time the commercial was shot.

The only problem with “part of this complete breakfast” is that you could only reasonably complete part of it. It’s within reasonable assumption that, especially in high school, children were not cutting grapefruit or flipping eggs, but were instead rolling out of bed five minutes before the bus came.     Octaves

Fast Food Nation

In order to meet a hyped up nation’s needs, cereal companies began to fortify cereal with calcium, folic acid, and a number of other vitamins and nutrients, making their product a stable source. One meal to get your day started. Of course, it’s not complete for the day, but it’s a start somewhere. Arguably, with cereal and milk, there’s still an absence of essential vitamins that are recommended daily. Certain vitamins can be found in fruit by following a Five-a-Day plan, which certainly blows an-apple-a-day right out of the water. Although the number is concerning servings, there are fruits that can be taken with you before you even leave the house, like apples and oranges. What is suggested, however, is fibre. Experts say we need twenty-five to thirty grams of fiber a day in order to be our healthiest, which can be accomplished mostly during breakfast. An average American consumes only thirteen grams, a shortcoming that may pose an unnecessary risk of heart disease.

Regardless of how much you add to it, ‘complete breakfasts’ always seem to turn out with an overabundance of yellow, brown, and orange. Even tea and coffee, with milk or — an admitted stretch — the colour of a very, very small amount of tea or coffee, can follow suit. With the exception of jams, it’s hard to bring reds and purples to the table. And blue barely exists in the food world, even with the one-berry army of fiercly competing blueberries.

What colour is your breakfast?

What do you eat in the morning, if anything?

Do you think food colour is related to nutritional content?

Give us a look at what’s on your table, or in your pocket, first thing in the morning.

Author: ruecian