The Real Reason Chrissy Teigen Won't Eat This Classic Breakfast Food

Just because Chrissy Teigen came to fame in 2010 as a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated doesn't mean she has spent the past decade on a low-calorie diet. Thankfully for fans of her two cookbooks, Chrissy enjoys a variety of flavorful food and loves sharing all about it on social media. In an interview with MyRecipes, Chrissy explains that she prioritizes balance in her dietary choices, which means that she knows when to indulge. Anyone who's flipped through her cookbook or come across her recipes online knows that she enjoys fried food, meat, and satisfying her cravings — also, not coincidentally, the name of her cookbooks and popular recipe website.

While it might seem like comfort food and homemade takes on fast food favorites are common, even key, to her repertoire, one American classic surprisingly does not make the cut on Teigen's breakfast menu. What could possibly have failed Teigen and her sense of culinary balance and fun?

Teigen can't deal with pancakes

As it turns out, Chrissy Teigen can't stand pancakes or other starch-heavy breakfast options (via Delish). Instead, her standard breakfast includes eggs, avocado, turkey bacon, and always plenty of Cholula hot sauce. Fans of continental breakfasts might be surprised, given her penchant for other, heartier meals like fried chicken, but Chrissy insists pancakes simply put her to sleep (via Delish).

She's right. Pancakes and other carb-centric dishes can cause a crash in blood sugar a few hours after a meal (via Eat This, Not That!). Furthermore, explains that simple carbs, which are high in sugar, decrease the activity of orexin cells. A study by Frontiers in Endocrinology discovered a link between wakefulness and orexin, neural cells that regulate both wakefulness and appetite. This demonstrates a likely connection between sleepiness and carbs that help us understand why you and Teigen both get so drowsy after a short stack.

High levels of refined flour might also increase one's chances of insulin resistance and obesity, according to Healthline. Research indicates that it's essential to have a combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fats to sustain you in the morning (via Harvard Health Blog). Regardless of the science, if you love pancakes, they can still be a part of your diet so long as you incorporate a variety of other foods for balance. As for Chrissy, she can continue not eating pancakes as long as she doesn't stop sharing her delicious recipes!