Sunday, February 18, 2018
Pizza as Healthy Breakfast Food? Why Not, asks Dietitian
2/8/2018 5:10:14 PM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) - Pizza, a favorite American snack but long derided as unhealthy junk food, might be a serious contender for your daily breakfast, according to a healthy food blogger and registered dietitian.

"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," said Chelsey Amer.

"However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning."

She also said pizza has less sugar than many cereals.

"Plus, a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash," she said.

Americans still love cereal as breakfast food but eat a lot depending on the size of the bowl they use.

A study of 124 people revealed that 92 percent ate more than one serving of cereal. Those that used a 12-ounce bowl consumed between 24 to 92 percent more, while those who were given an 18-ounce bowl consumed between 43 to 114 percent more.

Those who used the largest bowl, which holds 18 ounces, ate 132 percent more Cheerios. When it came to granola, they consumed 282 percent more cereal than a single serving.

If a person ate two servings of Cinnamon Toast Crunch with a single serving of non-fat milk, their total caloric intake would be 350 calories;6 grams of fat and 23 grams of sugar; 5.37 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

On the other hand, a hand-tossed crust slice of cheese from Pizza Hut contains 290 calories and 11 grams of fat but offer up 13 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, according to the study. Pizza Hut has 8 grams of sugar per serving in their marinara sauce and 490 mg of sodium.

Other dieticians fault Amer for her logic. One said pizza will boost sodium, carbohydrates and fat intake early in the morning, thereby "setting oneself up for failure throughout the day."

A better choice than either pizza or cereal might be whole wheat soft tacos with scrambled eggs, vegetables and avocado for untraditional breakfast eaters. Others might go for a serving of Kashi Go Lean, which has less sugar than typical cereals and more protein and fiber.

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