When Pizza Is on Your Plate
Americans love pizza, whether it's from a fast-food restaurant or an old-fashioned pizza parlor where the pies are hand-tossed and made to order.
You can get a healthy meal if you choose thin, unstuffed crusts and vegetable toppings: green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. For instance, two slices of pizza topped with vegetables have 340 calories and 12 grams of fat. Compare that with two slices topped with sausage: 600 calories and 32 grams of fat.
To maintain a reasonable calorie count, you must also limit how much you put on your plate. Eat just two slices instead of three or more. Complete your meal with a green salad topped with a low-fat or fat-free Italian or oil-and-vinegar dressing.
Pizza topped with peppers, garlic, mushrooms, onions, pineapple, tomatoes, or chicken
Pizza topped with extra cheese, anchovies, bacon, pepperoni, or sausage
Thin-crust cheese pizza (2 slices)
Bread sticks (2)
Total calories: 782
Total fat: 18 grams (21 percent calories from fat)
Total sodium: 950 mg
Thin-crust cheese pizza topped with grilled chicken (2 slices)
Oil and vinegar dressing
Total calories: 670
Total fat: 17 grams (23 percent calories from fat)
Total sodium: 1,650 mg
Thin-crust cheese pizza topped with onions and green peppers (2 slices)
Low-fat Italian dressing
Total calories: 580
Total fat: 15 grams (23 percent calories from fat)
Total sodium: 1,207 mg
Online Medical Reviewers:
Coleman, Ellen RD, MA, MPH
Fiveash, Laura DrPH, MPH, RD
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care.
Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions.