Pizza is a delicious dish, originating from Italy, which generally consists of bread, tomato and cheese – with a variety of toppings. However, while being a hugely popular dish, it receives a bad rap for being rather unhealthy. But how much do any of us really know about pizza and its nutrition?
Before you tuck into your next slice, make sure to check out our following nutrition facts – which might well help you to plan your meals for the foreseeable future!
- Generally, the number of calories you can expect from each slice of pizza will vary. That’s because it all depends on the cheese you use, the toppings you put on, and how deep your crust is. However, you can expect most pizza to be high in fat and carbohydrates.
- Pizza likely to contain the most calories are those topped with pepperoni and other meats. In fact, some of the healthiest meat you can put on a pizza include chorizo, a Spanish alternative to pepperoni, and chicken.
- Pizza can be a fantastic source of vegetables. If you are struggling to cram your greens into your diet, then it makes sense to pile it high with peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and more.
- In fact, a great way you can make pizza healthier is to cut down on the cheese. Just 50% less cheese on your pizza, melted, is still likely to give you enough to bite into!
- There have also been moves to switch dough bases completely for veggie-based crusts instead. These could be made of spinach, cauliflower or beetroot, for example.
- Pizza tends to be unhealthy when it is loaded with grease and oil. The pizza you will buy from a fast food restaurant or through a takeaway, for example, is likely to be the greasiest and most fattening. Therefore, you may wish to dab some of the grease off with some kitchen roll, to buy a smaller size in pizza, or just to buy in from the supermarket instead!
- Eating a ready-made pizza every day? You’ll soon be piling on the pounds. A study found that those people who ate more than 70g of pizza and other ready-made foods a day were likely to have more belly fat. However, this may not apply if you make a few healthy substitutions.
- If you really can’t be without that delicious bread crust, however, you can replace it with a whole-wheat alternative. This is likely to save you calories, and increase your fibre intake, too.
- Believe it or not, crust thickness contributes more than 100 calories extra per slice of pizza. By switching to thin crust, you could save a quarter to a third of calories you’d expect per slice.
- There is also plenty of calories in the sauce. Tomato sauce doesn’t tend to be high in calories or particularly bad for you. However, avoid olive oils and pestos, for example, if you want to really go for a healthy option.
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