Deb Hempenstall from Tannum Sands Coffee Club says the tradies love their big brekkies.
Deb Hempenstall from Tannum Sands Coffee Club says the tradies love their big brekkies. Brenda Strong

Bacon and egg brekkies are fuelling Gladstone's tradies

BACON and eggs are fuelling the majority of Gladstone's blue-collars workers.

According to local food vendors, when industrial workers don't have a pre-packed meal made at home, they hit the cafes and takeaway shops for their tucker and high on the menu is the classic bacon and eggs brekky.

Gladstone is in line with the rest of the state, with 38% of Queensland workers eating bacon and eggs most mornings, the highest in the country.

Paragon Food owner Ellis Bayliss said the cafe, which opens at 4am, had up to 300 workers pass through its doors or visit its smoko vans.

"Probably the most popular are the brekkie wraps and the bacon, egg, cheese and onion toasted sandwiches," he said.

"(The vans) go through a lot of food and it's all bacon and eggs."

The sentiment is echoed over at the Barney Point Fruit Shop, where owner Helen Whittaker said the 250 workers a day the cafe served couldn't pass up the bacon and egg burgers and rolls.

The Coffee Club Tannum Sands franchisee Tracy Bourke said it was mostly bacon and eggs on the menu when workers from the Boyne Smelter crowded in after a night shift.

Surprisingly, at Brumby's Bakery in the Gladstone Square shopping centre, ham and cheese croissants take the crown from its bacon, egg and cheese bruffins.

Breakfast a vital meal whatever hours you work

GRABBING breakfast at a drive-through, work camp buffets and skipping breakfast altogether are just some of the problems facing industry workers in Gladstone, says GP Super Clinic dietitian Megan Leane.

She said shift work made it difficult for workers to plan regular meals and breakfast for them may not necessarily mean a morning meal.

"Those who start work at 5am or earlier might not have an appetite for breakfast so early in the morning and prefer to wait until they're hungry," she said.

"The problem with this is not starting the day with a meal can leave your metabolism in sleeping mode.

"Everyone should be eating breakfast to give their metabolism a kick-start, even if it is something small, like a piece of fruit, that's much better than not eating at all."

Survey results released this month from Sunny Queen Australia showed 25% of blue-collar workers skipped breakfast for three or more weekdays, compared to 16% of white-collar workers.

The most popular breakfast choice of respondents was the bacon and egg roll.

Alarmingly, when fried in oil and served with a buttered white bread roll, it had the total fat allowance of an entire day.

HEALTHY OPTIONS

  • If using the drive-through, pick a plain English muffin with spread or raisin toast with butter. It's far lower in fat, salt and kJs than a bacon and egg muffin.
  • Look for portable breakfast foods, like wholegrain muesli bars, packaged breakfast drinks and fruit, which can be eaten in the car on the way to work.


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