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Research now points to pizza! The University of Illinois studied more than 12,000 kids over a 7-year span. And the research found that on the days when teens eat pizza, they consume 230 more calories overall. The problem is that they don’t cut back on their other meals on pizza days. So the researchers suggest that when we let our kids have pizza, we pair it with an equal amount of salad or a vegetable. So, 2 slices plus a salad, instead of letting kids eat 4 slices on their own.