We all feel a bit guilty for those rare occasions that we have pizza in the morning.
But now a New York dietitian claims that the morning pizza you once felt embarrassed about might even be better for you than a typical bowl of breakfast cereal.
Leading food expert Chelsey Amer told ABC News: ‘Surprisingly, pizza can be a more balanced breakfast option than many sugar-filled breakfast cereals.
‘A slice of plain cheese pizza contains a balance of carbs, protein, and fat.
‘A bowl of sugary cereal with low fat milk is largely sugar and extremely carb-heavy.’
She doesn’t exactly advocate eating half a pizza before your morning coffee every day though.
Instead, Chelsey says that you should opt for a mix of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins to keep your breakfast balanced.
This might include egg and spinach on wholegrain toast, or yoghurt and fruit with a sprinkling of nuts and seeds.
If you’re puzzled by which breakfast cereal to go for, look out for cereals containing wholegrain.
The dietician added: ‘Avoid always going for the same brand, as manufacturers regularly modify their recipes.
‘Try looking at the nutrition label, and compare brands so you opt for the healthier version.’
Cereal manufacturers have been keen to reduce the sugar content in their products, with Coco Pops reducing theirs by 40% last year.