Fun Fact: 93 % of Americans eat at least one piece of pizza per month. That means people are grabbing a slice of hot cheese more often than they change their bed sheets. EW GROSS! You probably get why sleeping in your sweat isn’t all too appealing, but why is pizza so bad? Well, the traditional fan favorite is more often than not a slab of nutrient-void carbs loaded with calorie-laden oil and inflammatory saturated fat. Tack on a little word—“frozen”—and you’ve got preservatives and artery-clogging trans fat to deal with, too.
Luckily, you don’t need to give up pizza altogether to stay healthy—you’ve just got to heat up the right pie. And when you use our guide, you’ll actually reap a few benefits to grabbing a slice. When your pizza resembles the mix of food groups it has the potential to show off, the USDA found that your average pie-eating-splurge provides you with 37 percent of your bone-building calcium, 30 percent of your satiating fiber, 35 percent of your muscle-replenishing protein, and over 50 percent of your recommended intake of lycopene (an antioxidant found in tomatoes that may possess anti-cancer benefits). Even we were impressed!
Whether you’re a die-hard BBQ chicken fan or you’re looking for a quick fix after a late night in the office, we’ve found the pick that’s sure to hit the spot without throwing a ratchet in your weight loss journey. Stock your freezer with a few of these frozen, tasty options (while steering clear of their diet-derailing alternatives) so you’ll always be prepared with something waistline-friendly whenever a pizza craving strikes.
I’ve done a few of these types of post If you are Interested In reading the others here are the links
Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese
Nutrition (¼ pizza, 149 g): 390 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 750 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 16 g protein
If I were to ask you to guess the ingredients in pizza, you’d probably say cheese, tomatoes, and a wheat-yeast crust. I bet you wouldn’t guess “L-Cysteine hydrochloride” (a salt used to treat overdoses) and “ammonium sulfate” (a commonly-used lawn fertilizer), which are two ingredients found in this franken-pizza. Oh, and did I mention the calorie, fat, and sodium contents are some of the highest on the market?
Tombstone Original Pepperoni
Nutrition (¼ pizza, 153 g): 390 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 880 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (4 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 18 g protein
Along with containing two, pesticide-ridden, genetically-modified oils (corn and soybean), this pizza adds nitrates and other dangerous preservatives to their pepperoni, namely BHA and BHT. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) are both already banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and much of Europe because they are thought to be carcinogenic.
Red Baron Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza
Nutrition (⅓ pie, 149 g): 390 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 1,010 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 14 g protein
Even the Baron’s thin crust pies pack too much of all the bad stuff, including fat, saturated fat, sodium, and MSG in disguise–hydrolyzed soy protein. This appetitive-revving additive may interfere with your hunger hormones, causing you to eat beyond your fill which causes bloat and weight gain.
Bon Appetit Roasted Vegetable
Nutrition (⅓ pizza, 136 g): 300 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 12 g protein
It might have the same veggies, but where Bon Appetit goes awry is in the additives, using vegetable oils, MSG derivatives, and preservatives. All three have been known to contribute to chronic inflammation, a common culprit of weight gain.
Freschetta Old Fashioned Sausage
Nutrition (⅙ pizza, 134 g): 340 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 840 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 14 g protein
This smaller serving size still manages to pack in more sodium, carbs, and sugar than the Eat This option. Even worse is the inclusion of hydrogenated soybean oil, which isn’t as dangerous as partially hydrogenated, but may still contain remnants of artery-clogging trans fats from the chemical process used to make it. Don’t worry, not all fats are bad.
Glutino GF Duo Cheese
Nutrition (1 pizza, 175 g): 410 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 660 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 12 g protein
Don’t be a glutton with this personal pizza. Glutino’s pies are consistently high in calories, fat, and have additives that have been known to contain gluten.
DiGiorno Small-Sized, Four-Cheese Traditional
Nutrition (1 pizza, 260 g): 710 calories, 29 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 1,190 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 25 g protein
If you’re going to market a pizza as being “personal sized,” you can’t fault us for providing nutritional information for the whole pie—even though Digiorno deceptively calls the serving size half a pie.
Bon Appetit Mozzarella & Pesto
Nutrition (⅓ pizza, 125 g): 310 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 410 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 12 g protein
Don’t be fooled into thinking this pizza is healthy because the brand’s name is wishing you good eating. Bon Appetit’s pizza may look similar in nutritional to Amy’s at first glance, but there’s no reason this pizza should have 5 more grams of sugar. There’s also no need to compile a list of 37 ingredients, many of which are artificial flavors, preservatives, and trans fats in disguise (mono and diglycerides and hydrogenated cottonseed oil).
DiGiorno Pizzeria! Four Cheese
Nutrition (¼ pizza, 130 g): 310 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 700 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 12 g protein
Another Digiorno don’t. And in this case, more cheese means more sodium and fat, with none of the extra protein.
California Pizza Kitchen Crispy Thin Crust BBQ Chicken
Nutrition (⅓ pizza, 139 g): 300 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 640 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (1 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 16 g protein
California Pizza Kitchen somehow managed to compile the longest ingredient list of all the frozen pizzas on the market. Among the 50+ items is caramel color, an ingredient known to be contaminated by carcinogens.
Bagel Bites Cheese & Pepperoni
Nutrition (4 bites, 88 g): 200 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein
They may be the original, but now that there’s a better option with cleaner ingredients, you can leave Bagel Bites in the past.
Red Baron Classic Crust Special Deluxe
Nutrition (⅕ pizza, 130 g): 310 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 670 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 12 g protein
Even though the nutritional counts aren’t dramatically different between this slice. This Red Baron option is actually only about a fifth of the pizza (and 130 g) as opposed to a third (and 139 g). And like many of its siblings, this guy’s also loaded with extra ingredients and preservatives, and additives that aren’t necessary.
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