15 Fascinating Facts About Breakfast
What's your go-to breakfast food? We all have one. Some of them have been a fan favorite since 7,000 BC, and others are being used as a form punishment in prison. Your meal this morning might have been invented by scientists at NASA, or crafted by savvy hippies in the 1960's. Check out the following slideshare to see where your breakfast came from, and what makes it worth your while.
1. The average American eats approximately and 31.25 pounds of eggs (1,2,6) and 17.9 pounds of bacon (3) in one year. That‚Äôs approximately 250 eggs and 360 slices of bacon per year!
2. Bacon and eggs are scientifically proven to help cure a hangover. Specific amino acids found in eggs help rehydrate cells while other amino acids in bacon help revive your neurotransmitters (yes, the exact transmitters you damaged the night before). (4,5)
3. The history of Bacon dates back to 1500 BC when the Chinese started curing pork bellies with salt. With its history also rooted back to China, chicken eggs have been used for food since 7000 BC, so they didn't have to go hunting for wild bird eggs anymore.
4. We can all thank the 1960‚Äôs for the name ‚Äúsmoothies.‚ÄĚ The term originally coined by Hippies in the late 60‚Äôs, became popular due to a lactose intolerant hippie around 1970. A teenager named Steven Kuhnau began to make blended fruit drinks in order to be able to enjoy something similar to the milkshakes most of his peers loved (with his drinks he created the successful chain Smoothie King). (1)‚Ä¶ Peace, love and smoothies.
5. Your body absorbs more nutrients when you consume blended fruit (when compared to eating solid fruit). Blending the ingredients breaks down the hard-to-digest plant cell walls. (2) Plus, most of the ingredients in a smoothie are raw and preserved rather than being burnt off or boiled away during cooking.
6. Blended drinks give your body less time to store fat. The simple fact is, it takes our digestive systems more time to break down the solid food than blended food. The more time food spends being broken down in our body the more time our body has to convert excess calories to fat. When you consume blended fruits and vegetables your body can almost immediately breakdown the food into its nutritive values. Less time in your system means there‚Äôs less time to convert food into fat cells. (3)
7. Most historical accounts attribute yogurt to poor refrigeration in Central Asia around 6000 B.C. As people would milk their animals, the natural enzymes in their storage containers (which were animal stomachs) curdled the milk, essentially making yogurt. Not only did yogurt keep longer than milk, but people preferred the taste. Centuries later this enjoyment evolved into commercial yogurt making.
8. A single cup of yogurt can be packed with protein‚ÄĒon average, about 10 grams per 8-ounce serving. That‚Äôs about 20 percent of the recommended daily protein intake for the average adult. Need more proof? Soy yogurt is even an approved meat alternative in the USDA-regulated school lunch program. (2)
9. The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in some yogurts can aid with digestion as well as keep you regular. Yogurt properties balance the microflora in your stomach, or in other words, provide an opportunity to lower your monthly expenses on fiber supplements! To reap the benefits, make sure your favorite yogurt contains at least one billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of live cultures. Most brands list this information on their websites. (3)
10. The first recipe for a breakfast sandwich was published in 1897 by Maude C. Cook. ¬†Its first instruction: ‚Äúuse stale bread.‚ÄĚ(1)
11. Swapping egg whites for two whole eggs in a breakfast sandwich can reduce your daily cholesterol intake by approximately 374 mg.
12. Even though eggs, bread, meat and cheese had been on the same plate for centuries, no one in America really ever stacked them all together until the late 1860‚Äôs. Breakfast sandwiches did not become a mainstream breakfast item until after the civil war. (1)
13. The first development of what we would now call a meal replacement was invented by the native Indians of North America in the the eighteenth century‚Ä¶ The replacement called Pemmican, primarily a mixture of fat and grease, was a perfect way for people get a quick start to their day. (1)
14. While meal replacements are designed to be a quick, healthy alternative to a full meal on planet earth, meal replacements on board NASA spacecrafts are designed as a nutritious way to help reduce the mass and volume onboard its mission vehicles (2)
15. Whey Protein a common protein found in meal replacements was discovered in Poland around 5500 BC. From 760 BC it has been used as an immune system booster, around the mid 1700‚Äôs it was for cures for medical ailments it wasn‚Äôt until 1940 that whey became a staple for daily nutrition. See the full story of whey here: https://www.detourbar.com/blog/education/the-story-of-whey/