What do people all over the world eat for breakfast?
Many of us eat cereal, toast or pancakes for breakfast, but did you know that children in other countries may have an entirely different kinds of food in the morning?
If you were a kid in Vietnam, you would likely have noodle soup for breakfast! The soup is called Pho and contains beef or chicken. If you were a child in Germany, your breakfast might be a bread roll with honey or ham and cheeses and a hard-boiled egg. If you were French, you may enjoy a jam-filled crusty baguette for breakfast, which is a long, thin loaf. Better still, how about chocolate filled rolls or croissants to dip into hot chocolate! Porridge is eaten across much of Africa, though children in Kenya might enjoy a kind of cake called the Swahili Coconut Donut, which is fried dough made with coconut and cardamon. In Japan soup, rice and grilled fish might be on the menu. Yum!
So why is breakfast so important?
You’ve probably been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but do you know why this is?
It’s all about stre-tch-ing energy! Scientists have shown that a good breakfast sets us up with the fuel we need for the day ahead! At school, you are better able to concentrate, which means you listen to the teacher and do your work well. Missing breakfast can make us feel hungry, tired and grumpy so eating before school can help with behaviour and means you’re less likely to reach for quick-energy, treat foods, such as candy and chips later in the day. And let’s not forget that eating a good breakfast, means you’ll have lots of energy to run around at play time!
Try a new breakfast!
There are so many more delicious breakfasts eaten around the world! What do other people you know like to eat? Is it the same type of breakfast as you, or something different? It can be fun to try new foods; perhaps one morning, you and your family could try breakfast from a different country or you could try eating the same foods as someone you know!
By Deborah L. Caine (Whyzz writer)