Nutritionist Says Pizza Is a Healthier Breakfast Than Cereal

Dec 30, 2019 ByAndrew Parker

Very few of us can honestly say that we haven’t ordered pizza on a Friday night, and then had some leftovers for the next day.  For those who are smart and passionate enough about their pizza (like you should be) then you’re likely to pack up the leftovers in the fridge for the next day. And admit it, we’ve all grabbed some for breakfast the day after. Although we’ve always been told how bad it is for us, it tastes incredible. But maybe, it’s not as bad as you thought after all.  Pizza isn’t necessarily known as the healthiest food out there, but cold pizza really isn’t the worst possible breakfast food.  In fact, you might be very surprised that one of the most popular breakfast items is a lot worse.

It isn’t news that the majority of cereals on food store shelves are filled with sugar and aren’t the best way to start your day. According to nutritionist Chesley Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, “a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.” Health magazine pointed out that one cup of Rasin Bran has 18 grams of sugar (the recommended amount is 25 grams daily) and has zero healthy fats. Amer also said that pizza has more protein than an average bowl of cereal so it can satisfy you for longer and prevent snacking between meals.

Cereal is a breakfast staple across the world, perhaps due to the fact that we believe it’s healthy.  Truth be told however, cold pizza has more protein and a whole lot less sugar than a bowl of cereal.  It’s all about the tomato sauce and the pizza toppings that make it healthier. Cereal has got a ton of additives and refined carbs. This is not all cereals of course, but for the most part cereals are not as good for us as we think.  Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, pizza is clearly not the healthiest breakfast option out there, but is healthier than sugary cereal. The ideal option would be yogurt with fruit or eggs on toast. But if you really feel like pizza this morning, then go for it, guilt-free.