You Won’t Believe the Scary Amount of Pizza Kids Eat as Their Daily Diet

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This is what happens when you frequently leave your kids by themselves, and you don’t take the time to monitor their daily diet. It’s an accepted fact now that pizza has crept into and has become part of the American diet. However, a new research study has discovered that many kids have made it a regular dietary staple, eating huge amounts of it almost every day.

The research took the time to study a large number of kids, pre-teens, and young teens and their daily diet. The subjects ranged from ages 5 to 11 and then ages 12 to 19. All this took place from 2003 – 2010. When the true figures of the pizza connection came in, it was discovered that pizza made up 20 percent of the children’s and adolescent’s daily calories. Many of the kids who were actually questioned about this replied that they thought pizza was a vegetable because of the ample amount of cheese and tomato sauce. However, the onslaught of calories these kids get certainly don’t come from any veggie at all, even if it were topped on the pizza.

The study also saw pizza as the second highest in rank in contributing to children’s solid fat intake even when the kids were partaking food from fast food restaurants or school canteens. Surprisingly, many of the pizza being eaten were also bought from school cafeterias. Though some schools would justify that their pizzas were healthier than their outside counterparts, recent evaluations of pizza nutrients found a high increase of sodium content for thin crust varieties.

Outside the schools, what compounds the diet problem for kids is that many fast food and pizza joints sell regular and full-sized pizzas, and many of these joints are clustered close to schools. This is evident especially in low-income areas.  Researchers are suggesting that more should be done to educate kids as to the dangers of the empty nutrition of pizza, even if they do taste delicious. Pizza should be targeted as food that contributes to obesity and health issues.

 

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