Having a slice of pizza may be ‘healthier’ than cereal for breakfast
Eating a slice of pizza could actually be more healthy than a bowl of cereal, a nutritionist has claimed.
Pizza could provide a more balanced morning option if it contains protein and fresh ingredients and is less sugary, registered dietitian Chelsey Amer explains.
Furthermore, Ms Amer argues some cereals can lead to a “crash” in blood sugar levels and are low in protein.
Speaking to the Daily Meal , Ms Amer said: “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.
“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.”
Ms Amer said she did not endorse pizza as a breakfast snack but said it could leave people feeling full for longer.
Writing on her blog , she said: “At least there’s more protein and fat to balance out the refined carbohydrate crust.
“Your blood sugar won’t spike and then crash in the same fashion as it would with a sugary bowl of cereal, which will leave you filling full and satisfied for a longer period of time.
“You won’t exactly find me munching on pizza nor cereal for breakfast on most days. You will find me reaching for a high fiber and protein-packed morning meal.
“This winning combo keeps you full, prevents a blood sugar spike, boosts your metabolism, and promotes satiety.”
In 2016, a survey showed a large bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties can contain nine teaspoons of sugar – the same as a can of fizzy drink.
Almost six-in-ten breakfast cereals were found to be too sweet – with a shocking difference in levels found in the same brand depending on which country it’s bought in.
A version of this article originally appeared on Irish Mirror.
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