We’ve long been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but how much do people actually listen? For years I was someone who would forgo breakfast completely. My hungry time of the day is usually towards the evening but I could easily go the earlier part of the day without a thing. As a result, I’d feel quite famished quite quickly and would reach for anything nearby. Getting myself into gear to lose weight made me note my eating habits more and I soon realised that I functioned better when I had something healthy to get the day started with.
So what does the rest of the UK choose to do? Do they choose something filling or go for a convenient option? We find out:
To breakfast or not to breakfast?
65% of people eat breakfast at the table.
Toluna QuickSurveys carried out a survey on UK breakfast habits on 2,000 people. The majority of respondents that completed the survey said that they sat down to breakfast every morning. An additional 19% said they rushed through breakfast when getting ready for work, or while looking after children. These figures are backed up by a Statista study on the changing breakfast habits of 2016, which noted that 22% of its respondents either had breakfast on the go, or breakfast out of the home.
On a weekend, the figures of people sitting at the table for breakfast increase slightly, with 73% of respondents eating at the table.
Not to breakfast…
25% of people don’t eat breakfast every day.
A quarter of the respondents to the Toluna QuickSurveys study admitted to not eating breakfast every day. Nearly 5% of people even said they didn’t eat breakfast at all. I was one of these, remember, though not any more!
Choice of breakfast
Cereals, muesli and porridge comes out on top! 50.1% of the Toluna QuickSurveys respondents chose to start the day with grains, cereals and rolled oats – a healthy start with slow-release energy.
Toast with a topping followed, with 24.3% of respondents starting the day with this as a breakfast.
A cooked breakfast, whether it be a full English, eggs or fish followed at 7.1%.
5.65% of respondents began the day with fruit and/or yogurt, 2% with pastries or a bagel, 2% just had a drink and 1.8% begin their day with breakfast bars and biscuits. My personal go to breakfast now is a bowl of fresh fruit with a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt.
The results of the Toluna QuickSurveys research tie-in with the Statista study, which discovered that 65% of respondents choose to make healthier choices, which could include grains and cereals. 26% of respondents had a hot breakfast (which could include cooked breakfast or toast with a topping).