Pizza ‘Healthier’ Breakfast Than Most Cereals, Nutritionist Says

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I couldn’t even tell you how many times I have had leftover pizza as a hangover breakfast following a night of drinking.

In my flat having pizza for brekkie is quite a common occurrence, something I am repeatedly told is bad for my health by numerous friends and family members.

However, a study has found that pizza is actually a healthier option for breakfast compared to the majority of cereals.

It is well known cereals can contain high levels of sugar, just look at the state of certain American ones including Lucky Charms, but did you know that they lack protein and healthy fats.

In fact some cereals just contain a spoonful or two or three of sugar and although Mary Poppins says it ‘helps the medicine go down’, overall it isn’t that great for your health.

Pizza on the other hand is topped with cheese which the study is calling ‘the next hit superfood’ and although that is a good thing since cheese is the best, always remember how important a balanced diet is.

Dietitian Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal while pizza shouldn’t be considered as a ‘health food’ it provides a more balanced meal than your regular bowl of cereal does.

She 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.

That certainly leaves me feeling less guilty about snacking on leftover pizza while hungover then!

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While it is okay for you to eat pizza then for breakfast, The Daily Meal does recommend you don’t leave it out in the box overnight.

No matter how drunk you are make sure you pop that pizza in the fridge to keep it fresh and you healthy.

As the website writes that’s because if you leave your delicious pizza out it will attract all sorts of bacteria:

That cardboard box isn’t as protective as you might think. There’s literally zero insulation protecting your hot pizza pie. We’re not sure how or why people started doing this, but it’s time the (somewhat obvious) truth came out: room temperature and cheese do not go well together.

When you leave your pizza out of the fridge and let it sit in your slightly-cool apartment air, you expose it to all kinds of food-borne bacteria and allow that bacteria to fester and grow.

Pathogenic bacteria — i.e., bacteria that can get you sick — breeds best at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless your apartment is a sub-freezing environment, it’s the perfect storm for food-borne bacteria.

While the website then adds if it smells and looks fine then it should be okay, it is probably easier you just whack it in the fridge the night before.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn't writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.