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Pizza for Breakfast?

Posted February 10, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Although likely meant to drive home the point that sugary cereal is not exactly healthy, many people are only hearing the second part of a message from a well-intentioned nutritionist making the claim last week that pizza is a healthier breakfast option than cereal.

And I am one of those people.

Swayed by the many headlines: “Pizza: the healthier breakfast,” or “Ditch the cereal and grab a pizza,” I all but wrote a love letter to NYC-based nutritionist Chelsey Amer who had this to say about my favorite food:

“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,” Amer said. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

Amer continued: “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.”

Yet, Amer (my new best friend and likely my college nutritionist) cautions:

"I’m not saying that we should go out and eat pizza every day for breakfast. We should follow our cravings. If that’s what you are craving, it can prevent you from eating an entire pie later on."

Were it that simple, Chelsey!

Still, other dieticians (but not my beloved Chelsey) warn against eating food like pizza every day and, consequently, loading up on carbohydrates, fat and sodium, thereby jeopardizing any healthy eating decisions made throughout the day.

Are you prepared to jump on the pizza-for-breakfast bandwagon? Or were you — like me — already on it?

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02/10/2018 7:17 AM

I always loved cold left over pizza for breakfast.

and my girlfriend told me just last week, who’s on a health kick that eating, more fatty foods for breakfast is better for you. (There’s more to it, but I condensed it down)

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02/10/2018 11:13 PM

It kinda makes sense. Where your at, the 3 food groups are Cheese, Bratwurst and dark German Pilsner.

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02/11/2018 9:39 AM

Really... ok... yes I’m am over weight.

i just repeat what Sheila finds out and tells me. And she following it pretty closely and she’s benefiting. Me, I always feel diets are more a fad, but I’ll somewhat follow it,... because it can’t be help,... she does most of the cooking.

Actually Seriously, my breakfast various.

from eggs and a meat (steak, ham or bacon) to cereals ... except for this morning, I took Sheila out for dinner last night, saved my baked potatoe and the rest of my steak and and I ate left overs this morning....

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02/11/2018 9:46 AM

Here’s a funny story, kinda... back the late ‘90’s a hooters opened in Green Bay, Wi.

i went their with my friend and tried it out, and the waitresses all of them had a roll around the mid waist... to a point one actually wanted them to put on a coat.... and to top it off, the wings tasted terrible...

btw,... Hooters in Green Bay closed down a few years ago.

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02/10/2018 11:54 AM

Breakfast of Champions!

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02/11/2018 12:53 AM

Which one ?

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02/10/2018 1:33 PM

Anybody knows that anything that tastes good, can't be good for you...It's just one of the cruel ironies of life....

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02/10/2018 9:02 PM

I often have an oat-based cereal for breakfast. There does seem to be a real connection between oat-based cereals and better heart health.

>I add protein by lightly roasting a good handful of pecans or walnuts in a pan and adding them on top of the cereal. And I use a bit of half and half instead of milk.

Pizza crust is a big slab of carbs. I think you'd be better off eating peanut butter toast. Or even better, bacon and eggs, my other main breakfast option.

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02/10/2018 10:30 PM

I stick with oatmeal, raisin bran, mini wheats, corned beef hash and eggs, wheat toast, and I make blueberry muffins occasionally, and yes peanut butter on toast is good in a pinch, as are Dunkin donuts, which are right across the street....but I change the routine from time to time, don't like getting in a rut you know....Apple juice is a favorite right now....Breakfast at Denny's is always a treat...

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02/10/2018 10:48 PM

I agree - s'long as it's whole wheat pizza.

Anyone heard / got any (reasoned) arguments against whole wheat?

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02/11/2018 12:47 AM

I have had a similar experience with a nutritionist. Dr wanted to put me on Statins and PB lowering pills so I asked to see a nutritionist first. She told me the old think of all fat is bad is gone now, sugar and white flower are the enemy! She also told me to reverse my meals, dinner for breakfast, light dinner before 6pm, then nothing for breakfast. With just a little bit of extra exercise and a little less animal fat (more olive oil, flax oil, avocado) but eggs and bacon were ok just not every day, I dropped 15 lbs and 30 points on the cholesterol, BP normal. So Pizza is on my menu for breakfast!

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02/11/2018 9:41 AM

I was just talking to my girlfriend about this, at one time breakfast was touted as the most important meal of the day,... it’s changing now where it isn’t,... but it’s what you eat that’s important.

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02/11/2018 10:11 AM

To be a spoilsport, my advice is to take nutritionists' advice with a pinch of salt (pun intended). My favourite example (more or less verbatim from a recent Sunday Times column) "You have to consider the body as an army of cells, continually at war". So far so good, but then the final item in the list of enemies to battle against was "... oxygen". I was seriously tempted to inquire if he had thought to deal with that particular enemy by stopping breathing.

To revert to the present suggestion, not all cereals have added sugar. Corn flakes are low on sugar, and even fruit-and-fibre cereal mixtures are not particularly high in sugars. The added (semi-skimmed or skimmed) milk is a source of calcium without a load of fat. There is nothing there to bring on a sugar rush, yet it is filling.

The food item which I find indigestible is my reference book:

McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods (Seventh Summary Edition)

It is comprehensive but very badly laid out.

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02/11/2018 3:22 PM

Indeed, but it is not going to stop my enjoyment of oxygen at breakfast, lunch, dinner and all times in between.

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02/11/2018 4:29 PM

No need to deprive yourself of oxygen, but as always we must arm ourselves against the radical element...

"Since it's hard to stop the factors that go into free radical production, it's easier to eat right to help your body fend them off.

  1. Broccoli. Broccoli is often listed as a superfood and it's no wonder since it has plenty of antioxidants to boast about. ...
  2. Apricots. ...
  3. Raspberries. ...
  4. Cherries. ...
  5. Watermelon. ...
  6. Artichokes. ...
  7. Oranges. ...
  8. Spinach.

More items...

https://bembu.com/antioxidant-foods/

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02/11/2018 4:38 PM

Indeed, but that is not what the nutritionist said.

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02/11/2018 11:55 AM

As a general rule it may be true, but cheese and pepperoni are very bad, and the crust is white bread. I seriously doubt that it beats raisin bran with soy milk.

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02/11/2018 9:38 PM

leftover pizza for breakfast today.

Pizza Omelette.. it's a regular favorite, but this is Chicago after all

Chop into bits before adding in. Covers all the bases for a hearty meal.

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02/12/2018 1:22 AM

Healthy breakfast for me is two slices of toasted brown bread with touch of butter, small apple, hot coffee/tea.

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