Is pizza a healthier breakfast option? This nutritionist thinks so
A nutritionist and dietitian sings the praises of the protein-packed pie, but is it really healthy?
Now that we know that loving cheese could be good for the heart, here comes even better news. A nutritionist claims a slice of pizza is healthier than a bowl of cereal. But is pizza healthy to have first thing in the morning?
Sure, it’s not typically considered a breakfast option, much less a healthy one, but despite its high calorie content, nutritionist Chelsey Amer says it’s actually a healthier option than cereal.
But before you trade in your morning bowl of bran for a slice of pizza, read on.
Is pizza healthy than most cereals?
According to New York-based nutritionist Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, in an interview with the The Daily Meal, “a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”
Take, for instance, a bowl of sweet corn flakes, which contains about 39 grams of sugar for every 100 grams. If you have it with sweetened milk, then that’s even more sugar.
What’s more, pizza can be more filling than, say, your bowl of Raisin Bran. This helps keep you from feeling peckish and snacking between meals.
Of course, pizza is no match for the high fibre fix that cereal has to offer, but what it lacks in digestive health benefits it makes up for in its high protein and low sugar content.
Other healthy breakfast options you can enjoy
But you don’t have to grab a slice in the morning to make sure you get ample protein because there are other high-protein options out there with less fat and calories, like scrambled eggs. You can also try some Greek yogurt with some fruit, for more calcium.
However, if you do find yourself craving pizza, there is a loophole: you can go for a healthy breakfast pizza with lots of vegetables, less grease and no processed meat. For your cereal fix, go for a hearty bowl of oats or cereal made with whole grains and fruit for a fibre boost.