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You Love It More Than It Loves You


big-big-breakfastAh… breakfast.  You’ve gotta love it.  So let’s get down to it, shall we?

A typical American breakfast (coffee, milk, tea excluded) looks something like this:

2 eggs, fried or scrambled with a sprinkle of salt

6 oz. of hash browns or home fries (cooked in olive oil)

3 slices of bacon

2 pieces of toast with 2 pats of butter

8 oz. of orange juice

This is what the Nutrition Facts label looks like, and please pay attention to the percentages.

N u t r i t i o n   F a c t s

Serving Size  1 breakfast

Calories 848          Calories from Fat  406

                                              % Daily Value

Total Fat  45g.                                    69%

Saturated Fat   13g.                             65%

Trans Fat 0g.

Cholesterol  463 mg.                       154%

Sodium  1842 mg.                               77%

Total Carbohydrate  84g.                  28%

Dietary Fiber  4g.                                 16%

Sugars  6g.

Protein 19g.

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher

or lower depending upon your calorie needs

Add 1 slice of American or Cheddar cheese and the saturated fat increases by 7 grams, the cholesterol an additional 20 milligrams, the sodium an additional 313 mg.

If you’re feeling a little hungrier than normal and add 2 pancakes with 2 more pats of butter and 2 tablespoons of pancake syrup, the saturated fat goes up another 5 grams, the cholesterol another 60 milligrams, and the sodium another 428 milligrams.

So, if you have all of it together, making the eggs a cheese omelette and those two pancakes, the label now looks like this:

N u t r i t i o n   F a c t s

Serving Size  1 bigger breakfast

Calories 1247          Calories from Fat  584

                                                % Daily Value

Total Fat  65g.                                  100%

Saturated Fat   22g.                          110%

Trans Fat 0g.

Cholesterol  543 mg.                      181%

Sodium  2416 mg.                            100%

Total Carbohydrate  126g.               42%

Dietary Fiber  4g.                               16%

Sugars  11g.

Protein 26g.

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher

or lower depending upon your calorie needs

Oops… forgot to add the ketchup for the hash browns.  Up the sugar and the sodium; at this point, it doesn’t matter how much.  Oh yeah, and the jelly for the toast too.

So to those who believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I only have this to say.  If you eat a breakfast like the one just described, please do yourself, your heart, your kidneys, and your liver a favor.  Skip lunch, snacks, and dinner; you’ve done enough damage for one day.

3 comments on “You Love It More Than It Loves You

  1. While I’m one of those people who believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day since it provides energy for the rest of the day, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a breakfast like that!

    It’s sad that that’s standard… SAD (Standard American Diet). I’m still amazed by this country. We sit around, fill up on saturated fat, sodium, and processed carbs, then take a pill that some TV show personality promotes to lose our weight. No wonder we’re in an obesity epidemic.

    • And that’s precisely the problem. People hear sound bytes: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and then they go to Denny’s instead of taking the time to really investigate what they’re supposed to be eating. It’s selective deafness.

  2. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

    Jillian

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