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The Nutrition of Cheese Pizza

Aug 17, 2010

Cheese pizza is a common staple of any refrigerator. It's easy to make, tastes good and pleases almost anyone. But with obesity on the rise, people are becoming more and more health conscious about what they put in their bodies. This breakdown of the nutrition of cheese pizza will help you determine if it's right for your family.

Carbohydrates

Pizza crust is composed typically from a basic white dough, which contains high amounts of carbohydrates. While carbohydrates are often thought of as being fattening, this is not really in case. In fact, compared to fat which contains nine calories per gram, carbohydrates appear relatively healthy as they only contain four calories per gram. The problem comes into play when you over-consume pizza, and eat more calories than is recommended. As stated above, most pizza crusts are made from white dough, which contains simple carbohydrates. These are slow digesting, and therefore move from the stomach to the digestive tract at a much faster rate than complex carbohydrates, which are slow digesting. For best results, look for pizza crusts that are whole grain. Whole grain breads and crusts contain complex carbohydrates, which will not only taste great but will also help your waistline.

Fat

Unfortunately, cheese pizza is typically loaded with high amounts of saturated fat. Saturated fat has been linked to the development of cardiovascular disease, strokes and some types of cancer, and can be found in high amounts in cheese. Obviously, it is impossible to eliminate or replace the cheese in a cheese pizza. But by decreasing the amount of cheese on your pie, you can at least limit the amount of fat you're consuming. In addition, while saturated fat can be very detrimental to your health, it can also wreak havoc on your waistline. As discussed above, one gram on fat contains around nine calories, which is twice the amount found in a gram of protein or carbohydrate. For best health, try to choose pizzas that contain reduced fat cheese.

Salt

Cheese pizza is also very high in salt. Salt is dangerous in that it not only can lead to water retention, but has also been found to be a culprit in the development of cardiovascular disease. Salt is found in high amounts in nearly all of the components of cheese pizza. It is abundant in the cheese, tomato sauce and even the crust.

Calcium

While cheese pizza will not typically be found on a list of healthy foods, it does have a few positives. One of these is that it is a rich source of calcium, which helps to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy. In addition, calcium is important in the functioning of the heart. Without enough calcium in your body, you could develop arrhythmias that could be life threatening or even fatal.

Protein

Cheese is a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians. Protein helps to maintain and promote new muscle growth, and therefore is very important for the young and old alike.

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