Study says kids should cut back on pizza

Pizza is now a major source of calories, saturated fat and salt for American kids and a team of researchers recommends that parents should start paying closer attention to how much of it their children eat.

Scientists at the Illinois Prevention Research Center analyzed questionnaires about the diets of children from ages two to 19 that were completed every two years between 2003 and 2010.  And they found that on any given day, about 20 percent of the children ate pizza.  And, on the days when they eat pizza, they end up consuming more saturated fat, more salt and more calories overall. On those days, teens consume an average of 230 extra calories, and younger children consume an average of 84 extra calories, compared with the days on which kids don't eat pizza.

Those extra calories are similar to what occurs when children eat fast foods, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers suggested that parents limit their kids' pizza consumption to one or two slices per meal and encourage them to balance it out with healthy food, like a salad. They also recommended that pizza manufacturers and restaurants do their part by reducing the saturated fat and salt levels and increasing the whole grain content of their pizz_as._

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