Let’s collectively rejoice: according to The Daily Meal, eating pizza for breakfast is the healthier option when compared to most cereals. With protein, carbohydrates, vegetables (hopefully), and cheese—which was recently named a superfood—pizza is overall the more nutritious option.
“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,” Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN told The Daily Meal. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”
With a lot of kids’ favorite breakfast cereals containing just as much sugar as candy—Fruit Loops, for example, is 41.1 percent sugar, while Cap’n Crunch is 44.4 percent—our cereals are not balanced meals. There’s hardly any protein or healthy fats in sight. While pizza shouldn’t be your go-to option for breakfast, it’s a better choice than cereal. “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,” Amer added.
Then again, there are some healthier cereal options, too. “If you choose the right cereal that’s packed with fiber, it may help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar,” New York-based dietitian Keri Gans told the New York Post. “Cereal can absolutely be a vehicle for getting important nutrients into your diet to start your day off right.” According to Gans, balanced cereals have three grams of sugar or less and at least six grams of fiber. Then again, it does not have cheese, putting it at a significant disadvantage to pizza.