You wouldn't dare eat a slice of that leftover pepperoni pie for breakfast, the most important meal of the day, would you?

Get over it and chow down. In a boon to college students and hungover people everywhere, some nutrition experts are now saying that pizza is healthier for you for breakfast than that box of cereal you grew up eating.

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

Indeed, although pizza is often oozing with grease, it also has far less sugar than many cereals. Sugar often wreaks havoc on mood and hunger.

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“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 said.

Now, it goes without saying that pizza is not exactly a health food. You could also just scramble up some eggs or tuck into a Greek yogurt with a piece of fruit. But if it is a quick and dirty kind of morning, you might want to check the fridge for last night’s take out.

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