Pizza pros: Calcium, lycopene, and fiber . . .
(Lisa Dreyer, CNN Health) Pizza is healthy. And it isn’t healthy.
Depending on your choices of crust, cheese, and toppings, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster.
Of course, the size of the slice and the number of slices you eat count, too.
Pizza pros include the fact that it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with whole-wheat flour (including whole white wheat flour) is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains.
What you put on your pizza can significantly impact its nutritional value. For example, a large slice of Pizza Hut’s Thin ‘N Crispy Veggie Lovers pizza has 240 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat and 710 milligrams of sodium.
But a large slice of the chain’s Meat Lovers pan pizza with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, pork and beef has 480 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat and 1,180 milligrams of sodium.
Color is the key to ordering healthy pizza
And don’t forget to top it with lots of vegetables; the more colorful your pizza, the better! READ THE FULL POST AT CNN.COM.