Ever thought of us, why are we taught to eat as much as 3 times a day? Why not 2? Or 4? Or even 10? Here is the history.

Denice Winterman of the BBC provides answers to these questions by making a brief history report of how people in the past found and then accustomed to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A meal structure, which, according to Denice, did not exist before society began to move on.

Apparently, breakfast does not exist in the dictionary society of the era of the Roman Empire. They used to eat once a day at about noon. In an interview with Winterman, food historian Caroline Yeldham said that the Romans used to be obsessed with the body's digestive system and considered eating more than once a day as a sign of greed.

In the next era, the diet is affected by the rapidity of the level of religiosity in Europe and there is a habit to eat in the morning hours, though not as early as today. By the 17th century, it was believed that European society from all social classes had become accustomed to breakfast in an hour earlier than before. It all started from the habits of the rich in England. Until the 1740s, began a special breakfast room in the houses of European nobility.

The Industrial Revolution in England in the mid-19th century transformed society into a more modern one. One of the characteristics of modernity is a patterned lifestyle alias pattern. For breakfast business too. Workers are set at a strict working hour, so they get used to breakfast for a full day's work. All the workers do it without exception, even their bosses.

In 1920 and 1939, governments of European countries, which then spread to the United States and other countries, began to promote the importance of breakfast, but World War II made access to breakfast particularly difficult. Things are back to normal and the world community can re-access the breakfast properly after World War II finished. In Europe and the USA itself, breakfast with an instant coffee menu, fresh bread, and cereals is gaining in popularity.

Turning to lunch, one theory of the birth of the word â ?? lunchâ ?? believed to be derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word â ?? nuncheonâ ?? which means â ?? eating fast between two meals with something you can hold in handâ ??. According to Yeldam this habit is preserved until the late 17th century. Another theory says that "lunch" comes from the word â ?? nuchâ ?? which was used around the 16th and 17th centuries to refer to a large loaf of bread.

However, among all the theories, the French people's custom of â ?? souperâ ?? it was in the seventeenth century that formed what today we call lunch. At that time the French people to eat snacks only at night so heavy meal diverted to the time of day. This fashionable custom was then applied by the English nobility and spread to the commoners.

The Industrial Revolution is also influential. The middle and lower class diet is defined by working hours. A lot of workers spend their time from morning till afternoon to drudge the bones, so lunch is something as important as breakfast. Although time is short, they will keep working on it.

This habit spawned the production and sale of pie cakes around the factory. Pies, and other fast food, finally become a favorite menu because it is unlikely the workers rely on the menu â ?? slow foodâ ?? in the middle of a heavy workload.

As a result of such a popular habit, in the 19th century eateries with diverse menus emerged. The workers, thanks to the struggle of labor activists, also provided an hour-long lunch time. But the world war that broke out in 1939 made the lunch pattern somewhat distracted.

Post-war, 1950s era, more and more cafes. The production of bread, especially for lunch, is getting bigger and the price is also cheaper. This production process is called by the term â ?? The Chorleywood Process.â ?? Bread contents are then popular for lunch, especially those that can be bought quickly and taken to work. It used to be different now. Despite having to go to work, the workers were still relaxed while eating lunch. Now, with increasingly intense competition and workload, things are getting rushed.

When workers are exhausted after working all day, late afternoon is the right time to start resting. This tired condition that later led to the habit of dinner. The habit of â ?? full mealâ ?? is considered a reward worth enjoying after a day earning a living. Night is also the right time for families to gather, so starting from the 1950s era, began to have a habit to dinner with family.

According to Yale University professor and historian Paul Freedman, the daily eating habits are three times more socially-cultural than biological. The "Food: The History of Taste" editor said to HowStuffWorks that the emergence of a three-day diet is as simple as people are comfortable with this habit, and this habit continues until now, even though there are some people who deliberately do not eat lunch or dinner because of the daily busyness.

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