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Pizza: Is it a meal or a snack?

Pizza is a go-to food in countless situations. Whether you're watching a game, going out for late-night food, or just in need of sustenance while walking around the street, pizza makes most situations better. Some people consider pizza a full meal. Pizza is the main event, so what else would it be other than dinner? For others, the quintessential slice is perfection, but it is not exactly filling. This camp believes classic pizza operates better as a snack. What do you think?

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Pizza is a meal. Unless you're actively seeking out thin-crust pizza, your local pizza spot will deliver plenty of bread, sauce, cheese, and toppings to fill you up. The combination of bread and cheese alone is enough to tide you over for the rest of the evening. 

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But according to some, pizza is better categorized as a snack. When done right, pizza is a beautiful combination of thin crust, sauce, and just a little bit of cheese. When you zoom out of the pizza pie image you have in your head, a slice of pizza is no different from a basket of cheesy bread or a brusceta appetizer. A slice of pizza is a beautiful thing, but it is not going to fill you up for hours on end. 

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As David Currey writes on Quora: 

A meal is something that is relatively balanced and filling to the person eating it, i.e., you are not hungry after eating it. 

Pizza has grain, dairy, vegetables, and, depending on your toppings, even meat. With this information in mind, it becomes clear that pizza is a thoroughly balanced meal. It's impossible to disassociate pizza from dinner, if not even lunch. If you're hungry after one slice, there's no harm in grabbing a second!

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Why would you want to limit pizza to the confines of a regular meal? Pizza can and should be enjoyed as frequently as possible, and categorizing it as a snack means you can eat it at any time of day. According to Food Beast, most Americans agree: 

This infographic showcases data from the last USDA study done on the consumption of pizza. According to their research, over HALF of all pizza is eaten as a snack.
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