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Why are eggs considered a "breakfast only" food?

Asked by The_Compassionate_Heretic (14596points) April 19th, 2009 from iPhone

At least this is how it is in the west. How did this happen? It isn’t as though eggs taste any different at 2pm.

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upholstry's avatar

I don’t know a lot about nutrition, but I’m guessing it has the nutritional properties that are best for the morning. Sort of like cereal has carbs.

But then again I eat eggs and cereal whenever I feel like it.

Darwin's avatar

Who says eggs are a breakfast only food? Not where I live at least.

Shuttle128's avatar

Many cultures eat eggs at all meal times, ever heard of quiche? In America it was deemed that a hearty breakfast including eggs and bacon was essential for good nutrition. Since then it’s basically been the norm.

gailcalled's avatar

Egg salad, eggs Benedict for lunch, deviled egg for picnics, for starters. Well, not for starters, but for the main course.

And where did the idea come from that bacon is vital or the norm for breakfast? It is delicious, I admit, but loaded with salt and sodium nitrates.

3or4monsters's avatar

Fight the standard, have eggs, bacon, and french toast for dinner. :)

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Quiche. Thai scrambled eggs, sweet egg sushi. Egg drop soup.

I make bullseyes for dinner all the time when I come home late. Or an omelette.

Shuttle128's avatar

@gailcalled Bacon and eggs was coined by Edward Bernays and was basically made to sell bacon.

Jeruba's avatar

Growing up in New England, I positively never had eggs for breakfast. I didn’t experience that until I went away to college in the Midwest. Breakfast was cereal only. If we had eggs, it was for lunch or supper.

I live in the West now. Eggs are a restaurant menu item in many forms. Traditionally prepared fried or scrambled eggs are generally listed as breakfast items, but many places offer “breakfast” throughout the day. Omelets are as commonly a lunch item as breakfast.

I think you can eat eggs any time you want. My son often cooks eggs around 2:00 a.m.

MissAusten's avatar

We only have eggs for breakfast on the weekends, and even that is rare. My kids prefer cereal, waffles, or pancakes.

However, we have “breakfast” for lunch or dinner once in a while. Scrambled eggs with cheese, homemade pancakes or waffles, and fresh fruit. It’s one meal the kids are always going to finish. We usually have that when my husband is out of town, and then he complains that he missed it. :)

I also like to use up leftovers by making a fritatta (crustless quiche). We like it with pasta, cheese, and Italian sausage, but you can put pretty much anything you want in the fritatta. All you need to go with it is a salad and/or fresh fruit.

Darwin's avatar

Fried egg sandwiches with American cheese and tabasco – yum! Perfect for a midnight snack.

And the Vietnamese will have a fired egg or two just about anytime, along with rice, veg and maybe a bit of meat. My favorite banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is fried egg, liver pate, cucumber and hot pickled carrots of fresh, hot bread.

casheroo's avatar

I eat eggs whenever I feel like it. I’m a rebel.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@casheroo Yee-haw! Way to shake things up. I’ve been known to make and omlette for dinner on rare occasions.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

The incredible, edible egg. It’s what’s for dinner.

gailcalled's avatar

Did anyone mention frittata, the magic lazy person’s meal?

susanc's avatar

Hard boiled eggs with a little salt will get you through a long hard day.

(And a Pepsi.) (Oh okay, a V8. Damn.)

Strauss's avatar

We have breakfast for dinner on many occasions.

It seems to me that eggs may have become a traditional breakfast food when the family had to do the farm chores (including milking the cows and gathering the eggs before breakfast was ready.

vanelokz's avatar

Supposedly eggs have a lot of protein and if you eat them in the morning it gives your metabolism a kick-start. Thus, helping you lose weight.

I read that somewhere.

gailcalled's avatar

An egg of average size has about 90 calories, so you get more bang for your buck (surprise me and don’t make the obvious bad jokes here, please), so to speak. It is protein but the yolk has a lot of cholesterol. If that is an issue for you, eat only 3 eggs a week.

I find that oatmeal in the morning, with some ground flax seed, cinnamon, nuts and dried fruit, keeps me filled for a lot longer than the egg.

I will throw a diced hard-boiled egg into a huge salad also.

Jack79's avatar

I eat them at all sorts of times too, but I think the idea that certain things are “breakfast” (not just eggs, but also milk, tost etc) has a logical explanation: breakfast is traditionally a quick meal when you’ve just woken up, are hungry and have to go to work pretty soon. So you don’t have the time to prepare something elaborate. All you want is to “break your fast”, ie get something down your gob so you stop starving. Eggs are great for that. You only need about a minute to fry them and maybe 2 to boil them.

That’s also why we serve them with bacon and not meatballs, or spaggeti carbonara (unless you have leftovers from the night before).

In England people also eat beans on toast (typically just a can of Heinz), though I never liked that personally.

gailcalled's avatar

@Jack79: You eat a two-minute boiled egg? Wouldn’t that be close to raw? Here 4’ 30” precisely gets rid of the goo.

Jack79's avatar

I meant once the water has already boiled. But I always fry them anyway, so what would I know?

gailcalled's avatar

@jack79:I also meant after the water has boiled. Trust me; you could drink a 2 minute boiled egg with a straw.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Dunno, I just ate two of them over easy on toast with some bacon and extra sharp cheddar cheese (it’s 8pm here)

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