Can Pizza Actually Be Healthy?

Do you enjoy a warm gooey slice of pizza every now and again?  Chances are you regularly eat pizza just like the other 94 percent of Americans.  But perhaps you are apprehensive about eating a slice because it can affect your waistline.  Of the five billion pizzas sold worldwide each year, many can actually be healthy.  With a little effort and being conscientious, you too can enjoy pizza without incurring the unhealthy side effects.

The next time you order pizza, follow these health-conscious tips:

Always Opt For Thin Crust

By ordering thin crust, you can reduce nearly 100 calories per slice!  Thick crust brings with it unnecessary calories and carbohydrates.  And by eliminating some of the doughy crust, you might better enjoy the toppings and everything else besides the taste of bread.

Ask Them To Go Light On The Cheese

PizzaJust like you can ask for extra cheese, you can also request light cheese.  This will help eliminate some of the calories, and you may not even notice the difference based on the toppings and sauce you choose.

Use Veggies

High fiber vegetables are a much healthier option than meats.  Pepperoni is the favored topping amongst Americans, but these little red devils are full of salt, fat, calories, and nitrates.  Beef, sausage, and bacon are also guilty of these unhealthy ingredients.  Opt for healthy veggies like eggplant, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and onions.

Blot Your Slices

By taking a paper towel and gently blotting the grease off your slice of pizza, you can save yourself nearly 30 calories.  Chances are, you won’t even notice a difference, and who wants all that excess grease anyway?

If you’re a pizza lover but are concerned about your health and nutrition, don’t worry, you can have your pizza and eat it too!  Just remember to apply these tips and always exercise moderation.  Just because your pizza slice is healthier than the average one, doesn’t mean you can indulge every night.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

Video Credit

Image:  Used under Creative Commons Licensing

This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.