A new study by New York-based nutritionist, Chelsey Amer, argues that pizza is actually healthier than breakfast cereal. And we’re not just talking about the super-bombs like Captain Crunch. Many other so-called adult breakfast cereals also contain too much sugar to process, especially first thing in the morning. The fats and proteins provided by pizza will always beat out the processed carbs and sugar of boxed grains.
“A slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash,” Amer said to Daily Mail.
Another reason to start your day with something savory is to satisfy your body. Amer argues that following a food craving is actually good for you. If you choke down something that you don’t necessarily love, first thing in the morning, it’ll come back to haunt you. You’ll end up snacking throughout the day, likely on more processed carbs, forming bad habits that may lead to weight gain. Since childhood, we’ve been told to eat our cereal. We’ve been taught to resist our cravings, and that’s not always the healthy move.
Pizza, a crowd favorite since forever, can be a very balanced meal. But don’t rush out to Domino’s or Pizza Hut just yet. You have to choose a hearty dough, preferably 100 percent whole grain. Protein is very important, but use leaner meats to avoid the grease. Also, be sparing with the cheese. Add a few vegetables, and your day is off to an incredible start.
Amer said pizza isn’t the only food-favorite that outperforms cereal. How about having a taco in the morning? Breakfast burritos with whole grain tortillas, eggs, cheese, and salsa are a great option. The classic soup and sandwich combo, usually reserved for lunch, also makes a great first meal of the day, especially the cold cuts and whole-grain bread. Amer even said that some cookies, albeit the healthy variety, like gluten-free zucchini bars, also beat what’s in the cereal bowl.
So, if you want to try that something that you’ve been craving, instead of reaching for the stale box of dried-up, processed, sugary grain, then go for it. The only problem that may occur, is in the beverage department. Biting into a savory slice of pizza, and then sipping on a hot cup of joe, is not exactly the most satisfying combination—unless you're hungover.