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Pizza Is a Healthier Breakfast Choice Than Cereal, According to a Nutritionist

Thus justifying our life choices.

By Alesandra Dubin

We are all about scientific (or hey, even pseudo-scientific?) evidence to support the lifestyle we already lead. Or at least — we'll admit — evidence that can be twisted to support it.

For instance, when science told us that relaxing in a hot bath burned as may calories as exercise, we were all about it. (By that measure, we are already killing the fitness game.) And then science provided the gem of information that drinking at night while binge watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is good for our long-term health; we were down for that nugget too (though it should be noted that the RHOBH watching was not actually a piece of data investigated in the study).

Now, we're learning that pizza is a healthier breakfast choice than cereal, and we can get behind that too.

As reported by The Evening Standard, dietician Chelsey Amer opines that the slice of pizza is a favorable choice, because it contains more protein than a bowl of cereal including milk. “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," she said in the Standard“However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

Her view is that pizza wins that matchup because it's more balanced than typical cereal options.

And this dovetails with our longtime assertion that pizza sort of is health food because among its key ingredients are cheese (protein!) and tomato sauce (vegetables!).

Amer said, “It really depends what you put on it. If you have a pizza that is heavily laden with cheese and pepperoni than that’s not a good decision but if it has lots of vegetables then it could be a good option.”

Logical. Sold.

Let it be said, however, that we would never want to malign cereal, which also tops our personal list of all-time favorite foods for its crunch and sweetness. (What's not to love?)

But there you have it. Everything in moderation (we are obligated to add).

Any health-related information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, or before embarking on any diet, exercise, or wellness program.

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