The world is undoubtedly affected by pizza-menia. Pizza is one of the most popular fast foods across the world. It basically is a traditional Italian dish made up of a yeasted flatbread usually topped with tomato sauce, vegetables, meats, and condiments. It is baked in an oven with or without cheese.
Aside from the delicious and mouthwatering taste that it offers, some nutritionists and dietitians have revealed it to be a healthy option for breakfast too.
According to the nutritionists, “Pizza is attributed more healthful than most of the cereals consumed in the breakfast.” A nutritionist asserted a slice of pizza to be healthier than a bowl of frosted flakes in the morning. This is because it (pizza) is claimed to contain high protein content, fresher ingredients, and alleviated sugar level. On contrary, the commercially branded breakfast cereals are said to have a low nutritional content. They are stated to be insufficient in providing an adequate amount of proteins and healthy fats.
Chelsey Amer, an authentic and authorized dietitian and nutritionist, said that a slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk serve an equal amount of calories. However, the pizza will give a strong balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats too.
One serving of Frosted Flakes has,
- 110 calories,
- zero fats
- 10 g of sugar
Moreover, in 2014, a study by Consumer Report revealed that most people eat more than one serving, depending on the size of the bowl.
On the other hand, one slice of cheese pizza has,
- 272 calories
- 12 g of protein
- 10 g of fat
- 4 g of sugar
Furthermore, pizza has all the major food groups including grains, fruits, vegetables, and meats. Thus, eating a slice of cheese pizza in the morning will prevent you from eating a whole pie later, concluded Amer.
Another study published by the Obesity Coalition revealed that some popular cereal brands contain more than 35 percent of the processed ingredients.
Nutritionist “Tammy Lakatos Shames” of the Nutrition Twins told Daily Mail Online that a regular intake of cereal can cause a repeated rush of blood sugar which releases insulin that may not be good for our body.
However, some food experts also emphasize the health hazards that excessive consumption of pizza can offer. They caution against eating pizzas bought from restaurants and pizza stores.
Wendy Kaplan, a registered dietitian, during an interview, told Daily Mail Online that pizza cannot serve as an ideal alternative to breakfast cereals. According to her pizza contains refined forms of carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sodium. The amount of calories it contains also differs from store to store where it is being manufactured. Moreover, the salt and spices present in it may also deteriorate the gastric lining of the body causing ulcers etc. Cutting it short, she meant that the nutrients attributed to the pizza can never surpass the unhealthy substances it contains.
Kaplan also proposed the solution to the problem. She said that instead of buying pizza from hotels and restaurants, people should prefer making it in their homes. They should use fresh and organic vegetables for its preparation. Prepare the crust using whole grains. Low salt, sugar, and caloric content must be maintained. This way it could actually serve as a healthy option for breakfast.
Breakfast cereals are usually highly processed which destroys their nutritional value. However, healthy choices could be made with cereals too. Consumers should opt for cereals that offer high fibers (6 g at least) and low sugar content. Such cereals can help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and help make you fuller longer.
Some other excellent breakfast choices include oatmeal and Greek yogurt. The egg also makes an excellent breakfast option. It is rich in protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. Moreover, it can help reduce cravings and help in weight loss.