Pizza (AP Photo)
Pizza (AP Photo)

(Discovery) – Kids in the United States eat so much pizza that some researchers now argue the food should join the ranks of sugary drinks and fast foods — increasingly decried in recent years for the toll they take on health.

In a new study, the researchers found that pizza is a large source of calories, saturated fat and salt in kids’ diets.

Kids should not eat more than one or two slices of pizza for a meal, and should pair that with salad, rather than with another high-calorie food, the researchers concluded.

“Parents should aim to curb pizza consumption, particularly as a snack where it was shown to have the largest adverse impact on children’s intake, and they should put their pizza dollars toward healthier brands,” said study co-author Lisa Powel, director of the Illinois Prevention Research Center.

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