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A continental breakfast served in Switzerland, with croissants and orange juice

Breakfast is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day's work. Among English speakers, "breakfast" can be used to refer to this meal or to refer to a meal composed of traditional breakfast foods (such as eggs, oatmeal and sausage) served at any time of day. The word literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night.


  • The only case in which I can conceive a person having breakfast over night is that he is not likely to have it next morning.
    • Bowen, L. J., Borthwick v. The Evening Post, Ltd. (1888), 58 L. T. Rep. (N. S.) 258.
  • There is a lot of scientific evidence behind this. Obviously the traditional fry-up is too fat and calorie rich to aid weight control, but cereals and toast are of benefit. Breakfast can be a very good source of vitamins. Many processed cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals which people can find it difficult to get elsewhere if they are just having two meals a day.
  • Never encourage a man to cook breakfast; it causes him to wonder if women are necessary. If you always get his breakfast and don’t raise controversial issues until after his second cup of coffee, you can get away with murder the rest of the time. They don’t notice other odors when they smell bacon.
  • Our results suggest that breakfast may really be the most important meal of the day. It appears that breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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