What Do Canadians Eat for Breakfast?

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Angloinfo Canada states that most Canadians typically eat bread, toast, cold cereal, granola bars, fruit or yogurt for breakfast. French Canadians often have a more European-style breakfast that consists of bread, pastries and cheese. Other Canadians may have more hearty breakfasts, such as bacon and eggs.

According to Alberta's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, a study conducted in 2009 revealed that Canadians under the age of 18 are more likely to eat ready-to-eat waffles and cereals for breakfast and are less likely to eat eggs, omelets and hot cereals. Those between 18 and 34 years of age are more likely to have bagels and less likely to eat hot cereals, sandwiches, waffles, fruit and bread. Canadians from 35 to 44 years old prefer to have hot cereals for breakfast and do not like ready-to-eat cereal and untoasted bread or waffles. Those ranging from 45 to 54 years old eat breakfast consisting of eggs and omelets without waffles. Lastly, Canadians between ages 55 and 64 like to eat eggs, fruit and bread and do not like to have bagels, waffles and yogurt for breakfast.

The report notes that Canadians increasingly rely on restaurants for breakfast, and the most common food for breakfast and brunch is a breakfast sandwich.