Pizza is healthier for breakfast than cereal, claims dietitian

Pizza is healthier for breakfast than cereal, claims dietitian

Waking up bleary-eyed and hungover on a Saturday morning and stumbling into the kitchen to find that you have no food fit for breakfast is always the ultimate disappointment. However, there is a food that many of us turn to in times of strife: the remnants of last night's takeaway order.

I don't know about you, but in my house, it's common practice to munch down on the last few slices of pizza leftover from the night before in the morning. The only problem with this is that you don't ever exactly feel good about doing it. In fact, most of the time, you feel pretty gross. After all, wouldn't a healthy bowl of Frosted Flakes or Corn Flakes be better for you? Well actually, no, according to shock comments from a dietitian.

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Registered dietitian Chelsey Amer has claimed that a slice of pizza could actually be a more balanced breakfast option than most cereals out there, because it has more protein, fresh ingredients and less sugar than a lot of other breakfast snacks. Amer also stated that pizza would provide a strong balance of protein, carbs and fats, unlike many popular cereals out there, which contain the same amount of calories that are in a candy bar.

"You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories," Amer told The Daily Meal. "However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning."

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On her blog, Amer wrote of the benefits to chowing down on a slice after you wake up, saying: "Eating a slice of pizza for breakfast when you’re really craving it, will prevent you from binging on an entire pie later." Furthermore, she brought up the fact that studies have shown that one-third of ingredients in many popular cereal brands are sugar, meaning that eating cereal is probably not that nourishing in the grand scheme of things.

She's certainly not wrong on that count. Look on the back of the packet and you'll see that a single serving of Frosted Flakes contains 110 calories, 0 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar. Although this perhaps doesn't initially seem like that much, a 2014 study by Consumer Report found that, depending on the size of the bowl, most people eat up to 132 per cent more than a single serving.

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So, this is pretty great news, right? Shall we all just exchange our daily bowls of cereal for pizza every morning now? Well, it's worth noting that Amer's analysis refers to one slice of pizza, and not a whole pizza. So if you did cook up some cheesy heaven for brekkie, you'd have to remember to not eat the whole thing.

In addition, it's worth bearing in mind that it depends which cereal you're switching it out for, and that pizza isn't exactly a health food anyway, and tragically can't be considered a nutritious enough option to eat on the regular. Sorry to kill your buzz. But, hey, the next time you stagger out of bed and find that you have little in the kitchen, you don't have to feel bad about chomping down that delicious big pepperoni and sausage pizza. And that's a win in itself.