Americans can celebrate National Cereal Day on March 7. Punchbowl.com announced today that cereal is the most popular breakfast food in America. However, that’s not the case in all of America. Did you know that in the state of Hawaii, the cost of a box of cereal has always been almost twice as much as the same box in Orlando, Florida? A gallon of milk in Orlando can still be found for a little over $3, whereas a gallon of regular whole milk in Hawaii range from $8-$10 a gallon or more.
Prior to cereal being the most popular breakfast food, mainly due to its convenience and low cost for mainland America, people ate the more time consuming and less healthy alternative of bacon, eggs and sausage with a slice of toast. Today, due to the health conscious and fast pace of American families, preparing a breakfast that was popular back when farmers grew their own eggs and bacon is a luxury. Cereal seems to be the better of the choices.
Even as cereal is the king of breakfast, box cereal makers are in competition with cereal bars for those who can’t stop to poor a bowl of cereal and top it off with milk, as many breakfast bars have the cereal and milk formed into one convenient package; along with more preservatives and sugar.
So the next time you’re thinking about what you’re going to have for breakfast, you have many choices. In Hawaii they eat rice more than any other grain and they have it for breakfast too, similar to most Asian countries which consider rice their staple and it’s cheaper than cereal.
Monica Lehua is a freelance writer, author of FoordieForever.com, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, presently living in Orlando, Fla. If you liked this article click the Subscribe button to receive email updates when a new article is published. Connect with Monica on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
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