Pizza Nutrition Facts

Would you order 1½ cups of white flour topped with 9 pats of butter and packed with nearly two days' supply of sodium?

Well, that’s what you get when you order just about any small cheese pizza. Great gobs of refined carbs, saturated fat, and sodium.

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Of course, pizza purveyors will argue that the damage is mitigated because a small (12-inch) pizza should serve at least two people.

Yeah, right.

Pizza Ingredient Nutrition Cartoon

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They’re called “small” for a reason.

And what we don’t eat the night before usually gets finished the following day, sometimes for breakfast. All 2,000 calories gone, or rather, gone to our bellies.

And remember, we’re talking just a simple cheese pizza. No toppings.

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Add sausage and pepperoni and we’ve just racked up an additional 410 calories, 13 grams of artery-damaging saturated fat, and 1,420 milligrams of sodium. It’s akin to plopping a fast food Double Cheeseburger on top of our pizza.

Healthy Alternatives

Is there such a thing as pizza that won’t put us into plus sizes and send us to the coronary care unit?


At the Pritikin Longevity Center, wonderfully chewy whole-grain pizza crusts topped with assorted grilled veggies, robust marinara sauce, and a little nonfat cheese are served every week.

Delicious Pizzas Your Cardiologist Will Love

Think outside the pizza box. These healthy pizzas won’t sabotage your health and weight-loss efforts.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Vegetable pizza on a whole wheat crust, topped with an appetizing array of tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, squash and a sprinkle of cheese.

Mushroom & Chicken White Pizza

Mushroom and Chicken pizza made with whole wheat flatbread crust, topped with chicken breast, mushrooms, onions and a sprinkle of cheese.

In one- and two-week healthy-lifestyle retreats, Pritikin’s physicians, dietitians, exercise experts, chefs, and psychologists have been teaching people how to live well since 1975.

Bottom Line | Pizza Nutrition Facts

As the cartoon in this article says, “Pizza seems way grosser if you imagine eating just the ingredients” – white flour, fat, and salt.

Whenever you’re making choices about the foods you eat, ask yourself: “Is almost
everything I’m about to eat going to do something for me, and not against me? Is there nutrition on my plate?”

And keep in mind that good nutrition can also taste very good, as the award-winning chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center have been demonstrating in their cooking classes for years.

Throw out the pizza box. And get ready for a whole new world of fun and flavor.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ chicken pizza made with whole wheat flatbread crust, topped with tender chicken, tangy barbeque red sauce and an appetizing array of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and a sprinkle of cheeses.

Edited by Kell Wynn, 6/14/19

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