You Might as Well Eat an Ice Cream Sundae for Breakfast

Before I say anything, ALOHA! I’m back in Hawaii! This post isn’t about food in Hawaii, but you can expect my next to be about some yummy dinner my grandmother cooked up a couple of days ago.

You might be wondering why the title says, “Eat ice cream sundaes for breakfast!” Well, here’s my explanation…

Today my dad showed me this intriguing article about how an average American citizen consumes prominently more sugar and calories for breakfast than you should in your first meal of the day. After reading a couple paragraphs, I turned my attention to a chart presenting popular (but unhealthy) breakfast items and their equivalent food in terms of nutrition facts. For example, eating a whole cup of Chobani blueberry greek yogurt is basically the same as devouring a serving of vanilla ice cream. The article also talked about how Americans usually don’t even know that they are consuming so much junk. One might buy and eat Cheerios Protein in two days and not know that its 4 teaspoon per serving ratio is more unhealthy than Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms! I was surprised to hear that myself.

Compared to a typical Japanese breakfast (Fish, rice, miso soup), the American morning meal is significantly more sweet. I mean, you can walk to a local coffee shop and find someone munching on a muffin, or slurping some oatmeal with brown sugar. There are just so many sweet breakfast foods in the U.S. The list goes on: Yogurt, pancakes, french toast, waffles, toast with jam, oatmeal, smoothies, cake, donuts, cookies, etc. Fruit can even contain large amounts of sugar! Mangoes, pineapple, and melon are all examples, of this. My grandmother served these melons called Sugar Kiss and I was surprised every time I popped a piece in my mouth because of the sweetness. My point is though, you will almost always have some sugar for breakfast, whether you want to or not. It’s on the edge of being natural.

In the end, if all the statistics match up, you could actually eat a cup of vanilla ice cream instead of blueberry yogurt and consume the same amount of sugar and calories. So finally, like I always say, if you eat something full of sugar for breakfast, you might as well eat an ice cream sundae!

Link: Nutrition Facts Website


The delicious Sugar Kiss melons

6 Comments Add yours

  1. I like the way you think Nate, sounds like you learned the lesson your Dad tried to teach. You’re a very sharp knife in the drawer. I can wait to have a banana split for breakfast tomorrow morning – best blog post ever.


    1. n8chen says:

      Thanks! Although, you should still check all the nutrition facts because some sweet breakfast foods are still low sugar!


  2. Ra says:

    Aloha! Thanks Nate. You saved me from eating a sugar-filled packet of oatmeal this morning for breakfast.


    1. n8chen says:

      Nah, it’s ok! You should still spurge once in a while. I do have to admit, Whole Foods oatmeal is just unresistible.


  3. Cathy says:

    Thank you for a great blog focusing on the sugar-filled breakfasts that many Americans typically eat.. I guess I’ll skip the blueberry pancakes tomorrow morning.


    1. n8chen says:

      Blueberry pancakes are fine as long as you don’t use as much syrup and whipped cream. Go ahead!


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