How breakfastarians are culturally expanding what the rest of us eat in the morning

If the thought an all-day breakfast lifestyle melts you faster than a fresh knob of butter disintegrating on a hot pancake, then maybe you’re a breakfastarian in the making.

A breakfastarian, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a person who only eats breakfast foods.

Although this new eating trend may sound slightly eccentric, a research review on breakfasts, published in International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science in 2017 suggests that breakfastarianism is shaking up traditional notions of what the rest of us eat during the day.

“The rise of the ‘Breakfastarian’ – the consumer who wants to have the opportunity to eat breakfast items all-day long is helping blur to traditional boundary between what we think it appropriate to eat at different times of day,” the review reads.

The superiority of breakfast is undisputed, being hailed as the most important meal of the day in the way that it provides us with the energy we need to sufficiently work and play for hours ahead.

But is a breakfastarian lifestyle really a healthy one?

Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, Lisa Donaldson, says it depends on the nutritional value and quality of a meal, not whether you call it breakfast or dinner.

“There is no issue with eating a vegetable packed omelette with a slice of wholegrain toast and avocado at any time of the day,” says Donaldson, an Accredited Practising Dietitian. “In a meal like that, it’s balanced, nourishing and healthy.

“The problem arises when the chosen meal is a highly refined cereal or a ‘fry up’ of bacon, sausage and egg – these options can be low fibre and lacking some key nutrients.

“Rather than setting rules for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it all comes down to dietary variety. Each meal should also contain some protein, health fats, carbohydrates and vitamin and mineral containing foods to support the body’s functions.”