We’re always fascinated by what people eat, how they make decisions about food and what are some of the assumptions that guys are making about the food that they’re eating.
It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why is that, and how do we interpret that into what we eat at the start of the day?
We surveyed 100 queer men around the world to find out what they have for breakfast.
Here’s what we found.
Do you always eat breakfast?
- 72% said Yes
- 20% said Sometimes
- 8% responded No
The reasons that participants gave as to why they don’t eat breakfast included “I rarely have the time” or “Depends how late for work I am” and “I only eat breakfast on weekdays”.
We discussed these results with Bernard Lavallée, a nutritionist from Montreal in Canada who specialises in how men relate to food, exercise and body image.
According to Lavallée, breakfast is important because:
“It’s the first meal of the day. Your body needs this energy to be in good shape during the morning and breakfast is what will keep you focused throughout the morning. It’s been proven that people who skip breakfast usually have a poor nutritional status, and are more likely to be overweight or obese.”
What guides your choice of breakfast?
- 60% said Health and Fitness
- 36% said Convenience
- 4% said Price
A number of respondents also commented that taste was an important factor, but it’s interesting that health and fitness is the key driver for queer men in the morning.
The next obvious question is to see what these choices mean in practice.
What do you generally eat for breakfast?
- 48% eat Cereal
- 12% eat Toast
- 8% eat Eggs
- 3% eat a Pastry
There was quite a lot of variation in the remaining 29% of responses – including fruit smoothie, bacon sandwich, porridge, cheese, protein shake, yogurt and berries, noodles, and turkey.
While there’s quite a range in breakfast options, there is a big proportion of queer men that are opting for cereal as their breakfast of choice. Quick and easy to eat, and often quite tasty, it’s not difficult to understand why breakfast cereal is such a popular choice. But cereal doesn’t really match with the low-carbohydrate and gluten-free diet that you’d perhaps expect body-conscious queer men to be eating.
Nutritionist Bernard Lavallée takes a relaxed approach in terms of defining what we should be eating to start our mornings:
“There’s no such thing as the perfect food for breakfast, however, you want your breakfast to be sustaining, which will help you stay focused throughout the morning, until your next meal. For your breakfast to be sustaining, you’ll want to have a source of protein such as eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, nuts, or nut butter, plus a source of carbohydrates such as bread, or cereals, as well as some fruit so that you start the day with a load of vitamins and minerals. Cereals aren’t necessarily a bad choice. You just have to know how to choose them wisely. You want to avoid cereals loaded with sugar or salt, and opt for those that are high in fibres. Add milk and some fruits to your cereal bowl and you have a breakfast that will give you plenty of energy.”
But what about coffee? In our survey, 37% of respondents generally drink coffee with their breakfast. Again Lavallée in unfazed by these results:
“There’s no problem with coffee as long as you don’t drink too much of it. Usually, there are no side-effects to it if you drink less than four cups a day.”
Of course there are a wide range of opinions in the field of nutrition and diet, and often studies and research can indicate conflicting results. What’s important is finding the diet that’s right for you. If you’re in a hurry in the morning and looking for a quick, healthy and easy breakfast – which our survey suggests that most queer men around the world are – nutritionist Lavallée recommends three options to grab and go:
- Oatmeal prepared with milk, topped with nuts and dried fruits, served with a glass of fruit juice.
- Greek yoghurt topped with frozen berries and muesli cereals.
- A cheese sandwich made with whole-wheat bread, eaten with some fruit on the side.