Today I am going to talk about some of the worst pizza toppings out there. Honestly, this list is gonna be pretty short. Believe it or not there aren’t a lot of bad toppings or in this case, this list is what I would consider is some of the worst out on the market today… There are some things that just go together: Brunch on Sundays, girls’ night out on Saturdays, and pizza on lazy Friday nights. One of the reasons why pizza is such a hit among, like, everyone is because it makes for a delicious meal that doesn’t break the bank. However, it doesn’t have to break your belt either. When crafted the right way, pizza can be a metabolism-revving lunch rather than the vice that’s responsible for your weight gain.
Pepperoni is one of the most popular and worse pizza toppings in the country, but it shouldn’t be the one you decide to order in for yourself. Pepperoni is extremely high in sodium, with two medium slices of Domino’s Ultimate Pepperoni pizza clocking in at 1,300 milligrams! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that most Americans consume way too much sodium—almost a thousand more milligrams than recommended—and it’s not hard to see how. Not only does excess sodium bloat you, one study found that it can also trigger hunger. Ditch pepperoni pizza on the regular and indulge in a better-for-you pie.
Anything can be unhealthy when it’s drowned in sauce, particularly barbecue sauce. Take Pizza Hut’s BBQ Chicken pizza for example. The first ingredient in their barbecue sauce is high-fructose corn syrup—an added sugar known to cause weight gain—lending one large Original Pan slice a whopping 7 grams of sugar. Looking to cut down on the sweet stuff without making too many sacrifices?
There is a huge debate about whether pineapple even belongs on pizza ( I don’t think pineapple belong on pizza), and in our professional opinion, it does not—but not for the reason you may think. Pineapple might seem like a fresh, healthy topping, but the reality is that most shops—like Dominos and Papa John’s—keep their fruit canned with added sugar. A whole can of Dole pineapple tidbits has almost 70 grams of sugar, so imagine what goes on your pizza. If you’re still hankering for something sweet, stick to forking into fresh pineapple as a post-meal dessert.
Alfredo sauce is high in sodium and high in fat, so ordering it as the base for your pizza will hike up your pie’s calorie count in an instant. At Domino’s, just about a half tablespoon of the alfredo sauce counts for 25 calories while red pizza sauce only has 10 calories per nearly a full tablespoon.
How your pizza is made is just as important as what you put on top of it, and a deep dish pizza is a dive off the deep end when it comes to your diet. Deep dish pizza adds more layers of toppings inside the pizza, and if those toppings are already unhealthy, they’re even worse under piles of more cheese and grease. Avoid the added fat and empty carbs, and stick to ordering thin-crust pizza.
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