Seven-year-old Dominic Chiodo digs into eggs benedict in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP)

Seven-year-old Dominic Chiodo digs into eggs benedict in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP)

In Vietnam, a girl slurps a breakfast of rice noodle soup called

In Vietnam, a girl slurps a breakfast of rice noodle soup called "Pho." (AP)

In the Netherlands, a kid in traditional clothes enjoys a breakfast pastry. (AP)

In the Netherlands, a kid in traditional clothes enjoys a breakfast pastry. (AP)

Coffee is a breakfast favorite in Brazil where some of the best coffee beans are grown. (AP)

Coffee is a breakfast favorite in Brazil where some of the best coffee beans are grown. (AP)

Breakfast around the World

Posted: March 1, 2017

You may have had cereal or eggs for breakfast this morning. What if you had been served fermented soybeans instead? Kids in Japan eat that kind of breakfast. They don’t always like it at first. It smells kind of like canned cat food!

Kids in Iceland might eat oatmeal for breakfast and wash in down with a swig of cod liver oil. The long winter in Iceland means kids don’t get a lot of sunshine for part of the year. Cod liver oil gives them the vitamin D they need. Kids in Brazil eat ham, cheese, and bread for breakfast. Brazil produces more coffee than any country in the world. Even little kids there have coffee in their sippy cups!

What people eat for breakfast depends on where and when they live. God has made each part of the world rich in different kinds of food. Culture, traditions, and habits change the way people eat too. But science can tell us how each food affects the human body. Science can tell us when people need extra vitamins. It can tell us whether people are getting too little fiber or too much sugar. No wonder food businesses try to get science on their side! So as eaters and shoppers, we have to be critical—in a good way. We have to carefully weigh what we’re told by advertisers.

Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. — Matthew 10:16