Pizza is healthier than a bowl of cereal for breakfast, says nutritionist

Pizza is healthier than a bowl of cereal for breakfast, says nutritionist

While most cereals are packed with only sugar, pizza contains protein, fats, and carbs, making for a more filling breakfast option.

The first thought that comes to your mind when someone mentions pizza is that it is "junk food". In fact, the crowd-favorite has been associated with unhealthy foods for so long that it's something people indulge in when they're having a cheat day! For most of us, a bowl of cereal in the morning is our go-to breakfast option and is even considered healthy by some. But it looks like a slice of pizza might actually be healthier than that bowl of cereal after all!

The truth is, most cereals are packed with sugar, flavors, and preservatives, which doesn't make it the most ideal choice if you're trying to eat clean and healthy. Don't trust me? Maybe a nutritionist can convince you. Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, a nutritionist based in New York, told The Daily Meal, "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."


"However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning." Amer also added that "a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash." According to the nutritionist, the cheesy pie tends to have more protein than a bowl of cereal so it can satisfy your appetite for longer, thus preventing you from some mindless snacking.

Having said that, you don't need experts telling you that this doesn't mean it's okay to indulge in some deep dish goodness every single day. Speaking of healthy breakfasts, there are also nutritionists who suggest having dinner from the previous night is also healthier than cereal!


"Even a second helping of dinner set aside from the previous night can make a healthy breakfast if it's chock full of veggies and balanced—for example, a generous portion of veggies sauteed in EVOO with herbs tossed with a lean protein, or chicken breast or lentils with a small scoop of quinoa," suggests Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor.

However, if you're still not willing to give up on your bowl of favorite cereal, then Sass suggests that all you need to do is choose the right kind of cereal. "A cereal made with whole grains, nuts or seeds, and fruit with organic grass-fed milk or plant-based milk is a better choice over a grease-laden pizza made with processed meat like pepperoni on a white flour crust," she says.

But now that you know the regular sugary cereal is no better than a slice of pizza, what's for breakfast?

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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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