A day in bed and a good night’s sleep have worked wonders, and I’m ready to travel again. I’m also fortified by a breakfast foisted on me by one of my genial hosts, Andrew Berry. Now at Harvard as an instructor and advisor, Berry did his undergraduate degree at Oxford, where he ate Weetabix three times a day for three years, except on Thursdays when he’d have a curry.
When I visit Andrew and Naomi, I always eat Weetabix, and had them for breakfast today. For those not familiar with this cereal, it’s very good. It consists of something that looks like sawdust compressed into oval shapes:
Properly dressed, it also has sugar, banana, and a lashing of milk.
Andrew faults me for two problems here: he insists that Weetabix be eaten in even numbers (and so I get yelled at for eating three), and also insists that one use milk sparsely, while I like my Weetabix a bit soggy. It’s the combination of crunch and squish (of the soggy bits) that appeals to me.
Part of a balanced breakfast (Andrew has asked me to note that Weetabix keeps one “regular”):
Three were sufficient. I’m ready for Mexico now:
Thanks to my hosts in Cambridge: Andrew & Naomi, and Tim & Betsy.
UPDATE: You might not think it possible, but I get screwy comments about everything—including Weetabix. The one below came from “Laura”, who, needless to say, won’t be posting here again. Every error and misspelling is hers, not mine.
Dear Prof and various Wheatabix enthusiast apologies for curbing your unbridled enthusiasm but I am truly surprised to see such food worship on this site of all sites. As people who appreciate the process of evolution it should be known to you that we as humans are maladapted to consume wheat and in fact grains of any type. Like most seeds wheat is protected by a series of toxins designed to decrease the fitness of those who eat it. After all the wheat berry as we call it is the wheat plant next generation. Phytates interfere with mineral absorption in the gut. Gluten and gliadins pass through our gut usually unchanged by teh digestion process because they seem to wreck our gut flora and cause gut leakiness. In the blood stream they upset our immune system promoting inflammation. Our digestibe system also struggled to handle the large amount of starch so that our insulin levels rise and stay up for a long time after a meal containing wheat.
Wheat was domesticate some 13-10k years ago. Certainly not enough time for us adapt to this relatively recent staple? Yes the number of copies of our amylase genes appear to have increased but this is all.
Basicall eat wheat at your peril as it is impicated in every disease of civilisation under the sun, from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, autoimmune diseases including MS, cancer,dementia, osteoporosis and the steady decline in fertility in both sexes as noted in recent years. Have a read of Prof Cordain the Paleo diet for more info…..
Apparently Andrew should be dead by now.