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Food - Drink
The Hazy History Of How Breakfast Came To Be
Breakfast is known to many as the most important meal of the day, and whether you like breakfast or not, you may have wondered how this meal came to be. History shows that this morning meal was never as important as now, but it all changed with modern times.
Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas looked upon eating in the morning as a form of gluttony during the Middle Ages. But that attitude changed during the 16th century when the Tudors created the idea of breakfast as a side effect of inventing employment.
The Industrial Revolution solidified this idea since eating early in the day before work helped fuel laborers during their long workdays. It makes sense to eat before you leave for work, especially for the type of physical labor many workers did during the Industrial Revolution.