Science Now Says Pizza For Breakfast Is Totally Fine... Sort Of
The realisation that you're finally an adult doesn't come when you pay your first gas bill, buy your first carpet or even have your first child. No, the defining moment at which you enter adulthood for real is when you eventually realise that you can eat a pizza for breakfast and nobody can stop you.
However, there's always that nagging idea at the back of your mind, as you cram your 5th slice of stuffed-crust meat feast into your mouth at 8.30am, that maybe, just maybe, it's not the healthiest way to start your day.
That's just common sense, right? Pizza is bad for you. Well, maybe, but when you judge it next to a bowl of cereal, it's actually not that terrible.
"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," explained Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN to The Daily Meal.
"However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning."
Hear that? Not only is a slice of pizza just as bad for you as a bowl of cereal, but it will be better for keeping you from snacking throughout the morning. On balance, that makes pizza a perfectly reasonable breakfast snack, as far as science is concerned.
"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.
Sounds reasonable. Ok, I'm sold - does anyone know if Domino's delivers at 7am?
Meanwhile, a Redditch dad is convinced that his image has been used on a Pizza Hut box without his knowledge.
Nick Richardson, 39, couldn't believe it when he started to receiving texts from friends asking why his face was on their pizza boxes - even his own family was convinced it was him.
The tale has strange echoes of The Simpsons' 'Mr. Sparkle' episode, in which Homer finds an image bearing his likeness on a box of Japanese laundry detergent.
In Homer's case, the eerie likeness turned out to be nothing more than a coincidental resemblance due to the detergent's manufacturers having used a composite of a fish and a lightbulb for their logo.
Admittedly, that seems unlikely to be the explanation for Nick's pizza box mystery.
"Even the outline of the stubble is the same. It would be an enormous coincidence if it wasn't me," Nick told the Mirror.
"And if by some miracle it's not me then fine, show me the original image."
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