Saying grits and polenta are not the same, to me is a bit nit-picky. A hot dog is a hot dog whether the meat is chicken, beef or pork. Same difference to me. I grew up on grits for breakfast. Love it. I also am Italian and love polenta, especially baked polenta. To be honest, there are many varieties of polenta depending on what is mixed in. I have had polenta for breakfast and had it like oatmeal as a sort of sweet polenta. I also have had it for dinner as a very savory dish. Two one half dozen of another.