UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Andrew Zimmern arrives at the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project 2022 Summer Block Party at Universal Studios Backlot on June 11, 2022 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)
Andrew Zimmern's Unpopular Opinion About American Breakfast
By Heidi Chaya
Unsurprisingly, in the Super-Sized food culture of the U.S., breakfast is big, and the idea of a hearty, greasy morning meal is somewhat unique to the States. It's little wonder that globetrotting food celebs like Andrew Zimmern, who has experienced all kinds of breakfasts, find the stateside spread to be problematic.
"The American breakfast is toxic for people. It's all that sugar and carbohydrates," said Zimmern in an interview, adding, "It's almost like child abuse to feed your kids the 'American Breakfast.'" His contempt for "French toast and maple syrup, and cereal with sugar" seems to convey a criticism of ingrained American eating habits and hint at the country's infamous health crises.
The issue with the American breakfast is not just its saccharinity but also its glaring lack of moderation — there are plenty of easy, healthy breakfast ideas, like overnight oats, avocado toast, and kale smoothies, for everyday fuel. Zimmern admits to being a fan of eggs, toast, bagels with cream cheese or smoked fish, and dinner leftovers for breakfast.