Porridge or eggs, tea or coffee: what is the best meal for breakfast?


Compared to a regular egg, the chemical composition of scrambled eggs is slightly different, as they are cooked in oil. Studies show that cholesterol, taken in with excess fat, especially saturated fat (not everyone prepares scrambled eggs with vegetable oil, some prefer butter, bacon, cracklings, etc.), has an adverse effect. It is advisable not to eat such scrambled eggs more than once or twice a week, as it increases the risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.

The healthiest scrambled eggs are those fried with tomatoes and greens. Tomatoes contain carotenoids, which have antioxidant properties, and greens provide microelements and fiber. This combination prevents cholesterol from oxidizing further and reduces its harmful effects.


The two healthiest porridges are oat and buckwheat. They contain a large amount of protein. Moreover, buckwheat surpasses almost all other plant-based products in terms of the amino acid composition of protein and comes close to animal sources, such as meat, cottage cheese, and others, which are considered the most balanced for humans. In addition, both buckwheat and oats have a high content of dietary fiber, which helps the gastrointestinal tract function, the gallbladder, and prevents the formation of kidney stones and constipation. Finally, these cereals have a rich mineral composition. For example, buckwheat contains more iron compared to other cereals.

Oatmeal has a coating effect. Oats, like rice, contribute to the formation of mucus. Therefore, it is recommended for people with gastrointestinal disorders. Instant oat flakes are almost no different in terms of protein and dietary fiber content from regular oat groats. The same cannot be said for instant oatmeal, which does not require cooking, only pouring boiling water or hot milk over it. They have fewer beneficial substances as they are lost during oat processing.

Less preferable are porridges made from semolina and wheat groats, as they have fewer beneficial substances and dietary fiber. Semolina is good in cases where people have gastrointestinal disorders and require a reduced intake of dietary fiber, as it is very easily absorbed. For a healthy person, it is better to avoid semolina porridge, as it provides unnecessary calories and a minimum of beneficial substances compared to oat and buckwheat porridge.

Pancakes and fritters

Any dough is made from wheat flour, usually of the highest grade, which contains calories and almost no beneficial substances. Moreover, freshly baked hot pancakes have an unfavorable effect on the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, increasing gastric secretion. Therefore, patients with increased gastric juice production are not recommended to eat freshly baked goods, while stale bread is preferable.

For those watching their weight, it is advisable to add grated apples, carrots, or zucchini to the pancake or fritter batter. Or make the dough with kefir. This will reduce the caloric content of the dish and make it healthier.

Tea and Coffee

Tea, like coffee, also contains caffeine. However, in combination with other substances in the drink – tannins – caffeine forms theine, which has a less stimulating effect and is less dangerous for patients with increased gastric acidity. By the way, it is the theine in strong tea that gives a feeling of bitterness in the mouth. In any case, the amount of theine in tea is safe, and it can even be consumed on an empty stomach. The same cannot be said for strong coffee. To soften the effect of caffeine, it is better to add milk to both tea and coffee.