Nutritionist says there's one thing you should never have with a full English breakfast

The full English breakfast, a beloved British institution known for its hearty components, might be a satisfying start to the day and even a hangover remedy, but it's not exactly a health food.

Laden with high-calorie, fatty items, the traditional fry-up is under scrutiny from health experts. A nutritionist has pinpointed one particular item that should never make it onto your breakfast plate, according to the Mirror.

The classic full English typically features sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, and black pudding, often accompanied by toast or fried bread, with both considered essential by many. However, Daniel Herman, nutrition expert and founder of Bio-Synergy, advises against one of these staples.


He says: "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."