Opinion: The Many Sides Of The Breakfast Debate


Myles Johnson, Social Media Editor

Breakfast is notoriously known as the “most important meal of the day”, but is that really true? Does consistently eating breakfast (or not doing so) have effects? Does this extend to the kind of breakfast being eaten?

I have taken the liberty of researching this topic by releasing an extremely well-thought out survey to the most academic of intellectuals: the people of Snapchat and Instagram. Here’s what I gathered.

When asked, 32.1% of students said “some days” they eat breakfast. The other big percentages were “everyday” and “rarely,” proving the top results even more.

Many agreed that a balance of sweet and savory is best for breaking their fast with a 50% leaning toward “both”. However, if one could only have their cake and not eat it too, 39.3% stated they’d prefer savory. 

As for the best sweet choice, students ultimately voted pancakes the winner, with notable efforts from waffles and french toast. For this section, I provided a spot for students to send in an option that I hadn’t written. Honorable mentions of this miscellaneous category include monkey bread, cinnamon rolls, belgian waffles, and “souls of my enemies” (credit to Jaden Barrero). 

Now although I included a sweet bagel choice that didn’t receive a single vote, savory bagels trumped all other savory options. Eggs and sausage tied for second, then bacon claimed third, leaving breakfast burritos in last. I also got a note that I left out biscuits and gravy, an oversight of mine that will not happen again.

Continuing on, coffee is a prevalent drink choice, getting 32.1% of the votes. However, apple juice is the reigning champion over all else with 39.3%. Make no mistake, this doesn’t prove that apple juice is superior to orange.

Diving deeper into the “why” of our breakfast choices, I asked about students’ reasoning behind what they eat for the most important meal of the day. Many stated that they choose out of ease and speed, as well as what feels good in the moment. “I just don’t usually have time to eat in the morning, or if I do eat something, my stomach gets upset. I can’t eat when I just woke up,” a sentiment shared by many people. 

When asked if they had anything more to add, one student shared a (wrong) opinion that dinner for breakfast is better than breakfast for dinner. Another stated their favorite breakfast as toast with butter, pepper, and salt. I feel the need to share a response that said, “breakfast is very good and gives you energy, so everyone should eat something,” for the singular purpose that it seemed oddly inspirational for only my eyes to see.

By now you may be wondering why I am so passionate about breakfast. It seems simple, but it’s not. I have a strong belief that good food creates good vibes and I wish to share this with the world (that is, those of you real ones that read the Blazer). Apple juice and orange juice remain a never-ending debate, as will the pancake versus waffles argument. I doubt either of those will ever be completely solved; we humans have a habit of arguing just because we want to be right.

As to the answers to my guiding questions, I’d say to each their own. Eat what you want when you want as long as you eat something. Breakfast is enjoyable until it’s not, and those feelings are completely up to the individual. We all need energy, but there isn’t a specific way for us to get it; I don’t care if you eat cold pizza, drink cranberry juice, or mix peanut butter in with oatmeal. Heck, try some photosynthesis if you feel like it.