Health and Fitness

Pizza Is a Healthier Breakfast Than Cereal, Nutritionists Say

It IS the most important meal of the day.
IMAGE Majoy Siason
Comments

Pizza for breakfast is a classic. Whether it's cold and taken straight from the box or served after an early morning reheat, it's basically a delicacy all on its own. However, I've never characterized the tradition in any way, shape, or form as healthy. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't ever heard 'pizza' and 'healthy' in the same sentence...until now. According to New York-based nutritionist Chelsey Amer, a cheesy, greasy, carb-filled slice is better for you than your favorite breakfast cereal. So, I guess it's time for us all to rethink our a.m. eating habits—and to celebrate.

Amer credits the high sugar content in most cereals for its poor reputation, while The Daily Meal adds the lack of protein and healthy fats are contributing to its "nutritionally bleak" standing. "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 site. "However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

While it still might be a little far-fetched to call your early morning pizza indulgence a healthy option, it's definitely healthier. That counts for something, right!? Amer does credit its protein content and admits, "a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash."

That's not to say all pizzas, or cereals, are create equal. According to Health's contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass MPH, RD, not all breakfast cereals have to be off-limits, and some may actually be preferable. "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.

Is this a win for pizza super fans? Not quite. There are still about million healthier breakfast options, but at least we can feel a little better about the occasional morning slice.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

From: Delish

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Megan Sutton
View Other Articles From Megan
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
While Game of Thrones dominated the Emmy nominations, big stars and legacy nominees took a backseat to names like Billy Porter and Catherine O'Hara.
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
This collection of coveted sneakers includes Nike Moon Shoes and Marty McFly-inspired Mags.
 
Share
The Safe Spaces Act has put heavier penalties for online sexual harassment than those occurring in physical public spaces.
 
Share
 
Share
Real estate tech startup C Estates is poised to democratize the property market.
 
Share
The former Nickelodeon star will appear alongside Tom Hanks as The King of Rock and Roll.
 
Share
The two performed together at Dodger Stadium for the first time in half a century.
 
Share
Reports that the forthcoming film will feature rival agent 'Nomi' gives the franchise a clever way to usher in a new era
Load More Articles