Nutrition expert names the one ingredient you should leave out of your full English breakfast

A full English breakfast - but nutrition experts have revealed which bit is the unhealthiest
A full English breakfast - but nutrition experts have revealed which bit is the unhealthiest -Credit:Getty

It's a staple of our national diet for many. The full English breakfast is a delicious way to start the day, a decent hangover cure and a national treasure.

But while it might be tasty, it's not particularly healthy. The full English contains items which are heavy on calories and fats.

Now, one nutritionist has named an item of food which should stay always stay off the plate, the Mirror reports. A full English usually includes the likes of sausage, bacon, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, tomato, hash browns and black pudding.

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It also usually features toast or fried bread, with both options seen as important elements to the breakfast by many Brits. But nutrition guru Daniel Herman recommends leaving one of those two items out.

The founder of Bio-Synergy said: "Breakfast is definitely my favourite meal, and a full English is a real treat, however it does have some drawbacks. Probably the best item to leave off the menu/plate is the fried bread."Fried bread might be tasty, but it's the least healthy choice for various reasons. The item is a calorie bomb that can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Daniel added: "Frying bread in butter adds a significant amount of saturated fat to the dish, which can result in an increased risk of heart disease and high cholesterol levels. Fried bread provides very few essential nutrients compared to whole grain bread or other healthier alternatives.

"It lacks fibre, vitamins, and minerals that are important for overall health. A diet including a lot of fried foods, including fried bread, has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions."

According to Daniel, the healthiest components of an English breakfast are eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans. Personal trainer and nutrition coach Alanna Kate Derrick, from Gold BJJ, added: "Don't get me wrong, I absolutely get the appeal [of fried bread] - that crispy outer texture giving way to a pillowy soft interior is downright crave-worthy.

"But from a nutritional perspective, fried white bread tends to be calorically dense yet lacking in vitamins, minerals, fibre and other beneficial nutrients our bodies need. The high heat and oil it's cooked in can also render some of the existing nutrients less bioavailable."

Daniel advised exchanging fried bread for toasted whole grain bread. This is higher in fibre and nutrients compared to white bread, he said.

He told the Express: "Mash up some avocado and spread it on whole grain toast for a nutritious and delicious alternative to fried bread. Avocado provides healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals."