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Pizza Not a Diet Death Sentence

Pizza is often the worst thing you can eat. But there are options that can make that pie a decent dietary option.healthy pizza

I’ve recently taken to making homemade pizza. Sure, it saves a little money as opposed to ordering takeout, but I also have fun kneading the dough and spreading the toppings myself. I’ve yet to graduate to throwing the dough in the air, which could be pretty scary stuff.

I’m not hear to tell you that what I make is the ultimate health food. I try my best to mimic a secret family recipe that has a sweet flakey pie-like crust (it remains under lock and key, no matter how hard we try to pry). But, I’m not so sure it’s altogether unhealthy either. I make it with a super thin crust, and I load it up with tons of mushrooms and chopped green peppers. And I go fairly easy on the cheese. There’s little to complain about.

The problem I face is that since it’s not your usual greasy pizza, and it has such a tasty sweet crust, I have to fight the urge like crazy to overindulge. My advice to you would be to experiment and research low-calorie options. Pizza doesn’t have to be a death knell to your diet.

Here are a few interesting stats on pizza culture in America:

  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or about 350 slices per second.
  • Pizzerias represent 17 percent of all restaurants.
  • Pizza is a $30 billion per year industry.
  • Pizza accounts for more than 10 percent of all food sales.
  • Sixty-seven percent of Americans order pizza for a casual evening with friends.
  • Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices, or 23 pounds, of pizza a year.

The stats come via the Mayo Clinic website. The article also gives some advice to diabetics who have problems indulging in pizza.

April 3rd, 2009