Foreigners in Shanghai discuss their morning meals

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/10 18:53:40

Breakfast of champions

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Chinese people believe that morning is the most important part of the day, just as spring is to the whole year. In olden times, people claimed that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, as it determined our whole nutritional structure.

A recent survey conducted by Chinese Nutrition Society found that more than 35 percent of the 16,000 interviewees did not eat breakfast every day, Beijing Daily reported. Among them, half claimed that they just don't have time, and another 17 percent said they don't have an appetite in the morning.

The survey also revealed that a quarter of all interviewees regularly rotate the type of breakfast they eat. More than half only eat less than three foods. It found that Chinese people eat an insufficient amount of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, more than 80 percent spend less than 15 minutes eating breakfast.

The Global Times recently asked some foreigners about their breakfast habits. Mark Unger, a 60-year-old architect from Australia, firmly replied that "No, I don't have enough time to have a breakfast. But maybe I'm lazy. I have bad eating habits, I eat a lot at night." Unger continued to say that "in the morning, maybe just a juice. I usually start working and that takes my mind away from eating."

Sasi Antony, a 42-year-old academic quality manager from India, said that "In general, yes I do have breakfast. But sometimes, if I get up late, I often skip my breakfast." Julie Anne Jollie, a 53-year-old housewife from the UK, and Mags Gallagher, a 59-year-old housewife from the UK, Emil Rehnberg, a 35-year-old data scientist from Sweden, and Katia Pnonki, a 21-year-old student from Russia, all replied that they have breakfast every day.

Pnonki said porridge and oatmeal are her choices. Nata from Russia told the Global Times in Chinese that in her country, people usually have oatmeal as breakfast plus some fruits. Gallagher cited berries, yoghurt and eggs as her breakfast. Jollie said that she preferred fat-free yoghurt, like Greek plain. She will add fresh walnuts and cashews and almonds and sometimes fresh fruit for flavor.

No breakfast, no energy

Rehnberg said that "I usually practice yoga in the morning. And then I will have some Chinese fruits for breakfast. I eat fruits and a little bit of nuts. Right now melons are really good, so I eat melons and grapes." Antony said that most of the time he has cereal like cornflakes. Sometimes he eats a boiled egg and a glass of milk before going to work. "It depends on what is easy and convenient for me to eat. Sometimes I just buy a coffee at Starbucks and go to work."

Most of our interviewees said that they prepare breakfast at home though some might choose to eat outside on weekends. Antony said usually he prepares it himself, but if he is late for work, he just grabs something at Starbucks, FamilyMart or Costa Coffee. "It's a great start to the day. It's very healthy and, more importantly, I feel hungry in the morning," Jollie told the Global Times on the importance of breakfast.

Pnonki said that "My body needs it. If I don't have breakfast, I don't have energy. This is the best way to start the day. If I don't have it, I will just feel something is wrong."

"It is the most important meal of the day. If you don't eat breakfast, you are more inclined to snacks before lunch. And it's unhealthy," Gallagher said.

"I need to eat during parts of the day. and for me to eat something after practice I think it's beneficial for me. Usually I practice something and then I eat afterward. That's how I do in the morning and that's how I do late in the day. It's a good way to get recovery from practice," Rehnberg replied.

This story was written based on a Global Times video.

Julie Anne Jollie and Mags Gallagher from the UK Photo: Lu Ting/GT

Sasi Antony from India Photo: Lu Ting/GT


Katia Pnonki from Russia Photo: Lu Ting/GT

Mark Unger from Australia Photo: Lu Ting/GT

Nata from Russia Photo: Lu Ting/GT

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