How many slices of pizza should I eat?

How many slices of pizza should I eat?

Pizza, one of the tastiest Italian dishes, which often serves the role of a snack, is a delicious combination of bread, cheese, sauce and toppings. The most interesting fact about pizza is that it has a relatively balanced composition including grains, vegetables, dairy and meat, thus making it ideal for a perfectly nutritious meal. For those who opt for thin crust pizza, it is a better choice as a snack, which can be often consumed at any time of the day.

An average man can eat 6 to 7 slices of pizza, whereas, a woman can feed on 7 – 8 and a child can consume up to 8 slices of pizza as per the recommendation of USDA. Pizza is a nutritious dish, whose nutritional value may vary depending on the toppings, size of the slice and method of cooking. A slice of cheese pizza weighing 80 grams would provide 200 calories and one slice of 105 grams may provide 300 calories. A person who consumes a 10 – ounce Costco cheese pizza will get over 700 calories. 

As per the records of USDAOpens in a new tab., the nutritional fact of a regular cheese pizza is as follows

Calories285
Fat10.4 g
Sodium640 mg
Carbohydrates35.7 g
Fibre2.5 g
Sugar3.8 g
Protein12.2 g

Is it healthy to eat pizza?

A wide variety of pizza choices are available now. But not all the variants are healthy, for instance, frozen pizza, mostly opted by college students and busy families, consists of added sugar, unhealthy fat and artificial preservatives. 

When you make a choice for fast food pizzaOpens in a new tab., you should have a clear idea about the ingredients such as monosodium glutamate and high fructose corn syrup included in it. 

Pizza made with fibrous grains and whole ingredients is a healthy choice. In order to make it nutrient-dense, fresh vegetables can be used for topping. For non-veg lovers, protein-rich grilled chicken is also an excellent choice. 

Traditional pizza made using limited ingredients such as flour, wheat, tomato sauce, yeast, oil and fresh cheese is very good for health.

It is not dangerous to consume frozen or fast food pizza once in a blue moon. Too much consumption would have unhealthy consequences. For pizza lovers who cannot complete their day without a pizza, it is better to make one at home for yourself.

How many slices of pizza should an average person eat?

It depends on the diet requirement and appetite of a person that one can decide the number of slices of pizza he or she should take. An average human being usually eats up to 4 slices and those who are so fond of or are hungry can go for 6. This number may alter according to the change in the pizza size. Those who are on diet can also follow the same number by reducing the calorie of the dish.

In order to reduce the total calorie of the pizza, certain tips can be followed. Opting for thin crust pizza would help to reduce the amount of calories, fat and carbohydrates. It is better to say no to dipping sauce as well to maintain the nutrition level. It is advisable to stick to traditional pizza if you are really focused on the calorie content of the dish.

How many slices of pizza should a child eat?

According to the latest research, kids should be allowed to eat up to 2 slices of pizza along with healthy salad instead of sauce and dippings which are high in calories; a teenager can consume up to 3 slices of pizza. The study explains that with frequent pizza consumption younger children consume 84 extra calories and teenagers would take 230 extra calories compared with those children who don’t feed on pizza. 

Parents should aim to curb pizza consumption, particularly as a snack where it was shown to have the largest adverse impact on children’s [calorie] intake, and they should put their pizza dollars toward healthier brands. (SourceOpens in a new tab.)

The children and adolescents are getting extra unsaturated fat, calories and sodium in their diet by eating pizza daily. Therefore, the parents should try to order or prepare pizza that contains low calories, fat and sodium.

How many slices of pizza should a diabetic eat?

People who are suffering from diabetes can replace their meals once in a while with a whole wheat pizza with mild toppings of vegetables paired with a salad. A diabetic person can taste one or two slices of pizza with fewer calories and cheese. 

It is more advisable to prepare diabetic-friendly multigrain – no cheese pizza at home itself. It should be prepared with fresh ingredients and strictly avoid processed meat.

Preparation of Pizza

Now let’s check the preparation of yummy, healthy pizza for kids at home. In order to make the pizza nutritious, mushrooms, pepper bells or any other veggies can be used for topping.

Ingredients

For the sauce

  1. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  2. Garlic – 2 cloves
  3. Passata – 200 ml

For dough

  1. White bread flour – 300 grams
  2. Yeast – 1 teaspoon
  3. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

For the topping

  1. Mozzarella pearl – 8
  2. Basil leaves – 10 

Preparation:

  1. Mix flour, yeast, oil and salt along with 200 ml of lukewarm water and make it soft. Then knead it for 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and leave it covered for one hour with a wet towel.
  2. In the meantime, in a pan, saute garlic in olive oil and add passata into it. Now cook the mix in low flame and get the sauce thickened.
  3. After one hour, the size of the dough doubles. Now knead it again and cut into balls on a lightly floured surface. Roll out balls  into thin and large rounds or teardrops. 
  4. Heat oven to 240C with baking sheet inside. Place the bases onto a floured baking sheet. Spread the sauce on the top of the base with the back of a spoon. Now place the mozzarella pearls and leaves onto it and drizzle olive oil.
  5. Place the pizza along with the baking sheet on the hot sheet.  Bake the pizza for 10 minutes. Pizza is ready to serve!

The same recipe can be used for preparing diabetic-friendly pizzas by making small changes in the ingredients used for topping.

???? Yield: 4 serving

⌛️ PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour

Nutrition fact

Calories 510 kcl
Fat 20 g
Carbohydrates 59 g
Sugar 2 g
Fibre 3 g
Protein 22 g
Salt 1.8 g

For topping:

  • Onion: 1/4  cup ( diced)
  • Green pepper: 1/4  cup ( sliced)
  • Mushroom: 1/4  cup (sliced)
  • Canadian bacon : 2 ounce(sliced)

Preparation

  • Saute the onion, Green pepper and mushroom in olive oil and spread them along with canadian bacon on to the pizza base (in step 4 of kids friendly pizza).
  • Bake the pizza for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Now it is ready to serve.

CONCLUSION

Having pizza once in a while doesn’t make any difference in your weight. For those people who are confused about the right time to eat pizza, you may consume it at any time of the day, yet, it is better to include it in your lunch or breakfast. Let’s be vigilant while ordering or making pizza – go for healthy options so that it would not cause any trouble in future.

Hari

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