We don’t need dieticians to tell us breakfast cereals aren’t healthy: A spoonful of sickly-sweet cereal is enough to convince most. But could pizza — the popular comfort food and midnight snack of choice — actually be the better breakfast food? Until now, our best scientific minds have been unable to answer this pressing question.
It turns out a slice of pizza is preferable nutritionally to a bowl of cereal, according to a new study.
Sound too good to be true? Well, it actually makes sense. Breakfast cereal is typically:
- Loaded with sugar
- High in calories
- Made from refined grains
If that wasn’t bad enough, most cereals are made out of a paste that’s “extruded” into shapes. Kind of gross, right?
Leftover pizza for breakfast is an actual blessing
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And when milk is added into the equation, a bowl of the typical breakfast cereal may actually have the same number of calories as a piece of pizza.
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So, if they have the same number of calories, why is pizza a better breakfast choice? It’s all in the protein — and thanks to the meat and cheese, pizza contains a lot of it. This higher protein content means a slice of pizza is more likely to keep you full for longer. A carb-packed bowl of cereal will have you reaching for a snack before lunch.
There’s also the self-evident fact that pizza is just closer to being real food. Cheese, tomato paste, meat, and vegetables (on my pizza, at least) are all ingredients that are identifiable as being food. Fluorescent-colored charms made from extruded wheat paste, on the other hand, are unlike anything that actually exists in nature. That’s why over-processed breakfast cereal isn’t really food — it’s a food-like substance.
Dietician Chelsey Amer 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.
Before you start scarfing down triple-cheese, meat-lovers pizza for breakfast, keep in mind that pizza still isn’t the ideal way to start your day. There are definitely better options out there, like fresh fruits, eggs, and smoothies. But if you absolutely must have cereal for your morning breakfast, choose on option that’s low in sugar and high in fiber so you don’t get a mid-morning blood sugar crash.