It turns out that school kids are on to something with that ubiquitous cold pizza breakfast from the night before. A slice of cold pizza is not only surprisingly tasty, but it is often a healthier breakfast option than a bowl of cereal, according to Health. That’s because, while not as healthy as, say, a breakfast consisting of: oatmeal, blueberries and almonds, pizza has at least some nutritional value, such as protein, while sugary grains contain virtually no nutrition.
“You might be surprised to learn that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of whole-milk cereal have nearly the same amount of calories,” nutritionist Chelsey America told The daily meal. “However, pizza packs a much bigger punch of protein, keeping you feeling full and satiated all morning. Plus, a slice of pizza has more fat and far less sugar than most cold cereals, so you won’t experience a quick sugar crash.” .”
A single serving of the sugar-laden grains Frosted Flakes contains 20 grams of sugar. The same applies to Honeynut Cheerios. As a reference, an adult female of average size may consume alone maximum 25 grams of sugar in a whole day, while for an adult male of average size the recommended maximum is 37.5 grams of sugar. So a single bowl of cereal can get you way over half that, and without any other noticeable nutritional benefits, too.
So pizza is really the better choice. According to NutritionixAn average slice of cheese pizza has about 215 calories, 9 grams of protein, a fair amount of fiber, calcium and iron, and only three grams of sugar. Granted, there’s also a fair amount of fat and sodium, which is no surprise.
Now, of course, there are countless cases that will prove to be an exception here. A slice of stuffed crust pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage, black olives, and extra cheese isn’t a healthier option than a serving of sugary cereal. But in this case, it’s not a matter of choosing the healthier option – it’s also not a good choice in terms of calories or nutritional value, especially in the morning.
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