CAIRO – 22 February 2018: Global pizza lovers rejoice; we have great news! You can now eat pizza for breakfast without guilt.
According to recent research, we are better off eating pizza for breakfast than cereal. Pizza is packed with protein and way less fats and sugar than cereal, making it a healthier alternative for breakfast. Remarkable and shocking, but absolutely true!
Dietitian Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, told The Daily Meal that a slice of pizza actually has the same calories as a bowl of cereal. Hence, it is acceptable and even nutritious to substitute cereal for pizza. Since cereals are full of sugars and no fibers, they can cause a sugar crash after a couple of hours of consumption, making you lazy and unproductive throughout your day. Pizza, on the other hand, has more fibers, carbohydrates and less sugar, which will make you active and less likely to feel hungry quickly.
“Because eating a slice of pizza for breakfast when you really want it will prevent you from binging on an entire pie later,” Amer wrote in her blog.
Aligned with Amer’s view, a 2014 study found that people eat up to 132 percent more than the recommended serving of cereal, in turn surpassing the recommended daily sugar intake. Not only that, the study also revealed that this excess amount of cereal is often consumed simply during breakfast or, in other words, in one serving. On the other hand, pizza contains grains, vegetables and proteins, all of which are needed daily food groups.
Still, research reveals that it somewhat depends on the types of pizza and cereal one is consuming, meaning there are cereals that are packed with important and nutritious fibers that would keep you full and are beneficial for your digestive tract. Of course, there are greasy pizzas that are high in fat percentages and result in instant weight gain, in which case cereal would be healthier. In short, eating a healthy cereal is always healthier than pizza, but one is better off eating pizza than sugary cereals.
When the pizza is well-balanced and not too greasy, it is just the right start to the day. However, as mentioned, “Pizzas can be a healthy balance of carbs, fats and protein; so, as long as it doesn’t contain unhealthy additives, who’s to say we can’t eat pizza for breakfast?” Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert explained to The Independent.
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