Pizza lovers, rejoice! According to a nutritionist, eating pizza for breakfast may actually be healthier compared to the usual bowl of cereal.
A recent study made the case against skipping breakfast and eating late. This means that, if you're in a hurry, heating the leftover pizza in the fridge is apparently a good breakfast option.
Pizza, A Healthier Breakfast Than Cereals
Pizza may be eaten at any time of the day, but it is usually not regarded as breakfast food. Nutritionist and blogger Chelsey Amer, however, explained that pizza may actually be healthier compared to the cereals that families traditionally eat in the morning.
"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 said in an interview with The Daily Meal. However, she added that pizza contains much more protein compared to cereals, which will make people feel full throughout their morning.
Amer, however, warned that pizza is certainly not the healthiest option for breakfast, or for any meal for that matter. However, compared to breakfast cereal, which are often no more than spoonfuls of sugar, pizza presents a more balanced meal. It has more fat and much less sugar compared to cereals, which means that people will not fall into a sugar crash after eating pizza.
One of the main ingredients of pizza is cheese, which also has its own health benefits. Recent analysis by researchers from China and the Netherlands revealed that eating small amounts of cheese daily reduces the risk of developing a coronary heart disease.
The Case For Cereal Over Pizza
Dietitian Keri Gans, however, told the New York Post that cereal may still be a healthier breakfast option for pizza.
"Cereal can absolutely be a vehicle for getting important nutrients into your diet to start your day off right," she said. The first step is to choose a good box of cereal that contains fiber, which lowers cholesterol and controls blood sugar, combining to keep appetite in check. The recommended ratio is less than 3 grams of sugar and more than 6 grams of fiber.
Gans then advises people to top their cereals with healthy add-ons, such as berries, sliced apples, chopped bananas, nuts, chia seeds, and yogurt.
However, everybody loves pizza, to the point that even astronauts make them while up in the International Space Station. Eating a healthy bowl of cereal is certainly a better breakfast option, but it's good to know that pizza can serve as a substitute in a pinch.