Why breakfast should be banned

Published: 26 September 1913

The medical journal, The Lancet, suggests that the traditional English or Irish breakfast of bacon, eggs and so on is bad for us. It suggests that a large breakfast in the morning is quite unnecessary and that such a meal at that time slows down thought processes. It points to the many learned men who report that their clearest and most creative thinking is done early in the morning and on an empty stomach.

The Lancet argues that the way forward is to reject breakfast as it stands, and instead adopt the continental style petit dejeuner of coffee and a roll. The Irish Times completely rejects the notion of abandoning the traditional breakfast. They state that the continental start to the day would leave workers hungry by mid-morning, and that the result would be Dublin restaurants full at 11am with business men indulging in four course meals.

Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.