14 Fascinating Breakfast Facts

Here at Mercer, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as a nation, our passion for breakfast has seen the creation of one of the world’s most famous breakfast dishes. The full English. But have we always had such passion for a morning meal and where did the whole ‘breakfast thing’ come from anyway? We’re not sure we can answer all of your questions about breakfast but here’s a bunch of fun breakfast facts for you to digest over your morning cornflakes

  • John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes in 1906 as therapy and a means of curbing the sex drive of mental patients in his sanatorium. How did that go John…?
  • The most popular breakfast in the UK is the full English, followed by the bacon sarnie.
  • The average person in the UK sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28am at the weekend (We don’t like this fact. No one is average in our minds)
  • Around 25% of people skip breakfast altogether
  • The word breakfast literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night
  • The world record time for eating a dry Weetabix is 57.72 seconds
  • The earliest known breakfast food was a sort of porridge made in the late Stone Age by grinding grains with a large stone.
  • British Bacon is part of our national heritage; there are records of the Romans salting sides of bacon as early as 200BC and Julius Caesar brought his own bacon with him when he landed in ancient Britain in 55BC.
  • Like your coffee? The biggest ever cappuccino produce was over 2,000 litres and required the cumulative effort of over 1,000 trained baristas and 22 coffee machines
  • The earliest known use of the word breakfast in English was in 1463. The concept of eating a different type of food for breakfast didn’t get to the US until the 1800’s. Before that, they just ate the leftovers from the meal the night before.
  • The world’s first breakfast cereal was created in 1863 and needed soaking overnight to be chewable.
  • You can buy bacon flavoured underwear
  • The great Italian lover Casanova recommended eating 50 oysters for breakfast.
  • Scientists have uncovered a statistical relationship between a person’s character, lifestyle and social class and whether they like their eggs boiled, fried, scrambled or as an omelette.
    – Poached egg eaters tend to be outgoing, listen to upbeat music and have happy dispositions
    – Boiled egg eaters are disorganised
    – Fried egg fans have a high sex drive
    – Scrambled egg lovers are more guarded
    – Omelette eaters are self-disciplined

Which one are you?