What did ancient Egyptians eat for breakfast?


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The main part of every breakfast for ancient Egyptians was bread, along with onions, garlic, leeks and fruit. Breakfast would be somewhat heavy for many people, since most only ate two meals per day.

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Bread was a staple of Egyptian meals, and fruit, garlic, leeks, onions and even beans often were eaten alongside it. The bread was often made from emmer wheat, though spelt and einkorn are grains that also were grown. Fruits that they ate normally include grapes, which were also turned into dates or raisins, watermelons, plums and figs, among other things. While the wealthy would eat up to three meals per day, the general population typically did not eat lunch. Instead, they ate breakfast and a dinner in the late afternoon. The beer was very hearty like a gruel. People would drink it with all of their meals.

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