Is Pizza Be Good For You? No. Absolutely not. Well, maybe. Pizza as you know it is a pretty weight-inducing combination of carbs, grease and fat topped with a selection of artery clogging cheese. There’s nothing healthy about that. Or is there? As much as it’s easy to rag on pizza, it does have one redeeming quality: it’s delicious . There’s also the issue of vegetables. You can pretty much top pizza with any vegetable that you can find. The great part about pizza is there’s no wrong answer. There’s even rumors that people put anchovies on pizza, although most people seem to avoid them. This begs the question: is it possible to make a pizza that is actually good for you? The Crust This is problem number one. Crust is just a carb loaded piece of dough. However, it’s essential to the whole operation. Without the crust, you have no foundation to build on. With the advent of thin crust and gluten free crust, there are lower calorie options, but they’re still not in the realm of healthy. In the age of the internet, people have shared all kinds of crust alternatives. They range from using quinoa to make crust, or replacing it all together with Portobello mushrooms or eggplant. If you can find a suitable alternative, the crust could actually be fairly healthy. We might be on to something. The Sauce This one is easy. The sauce is essentially a tomato based pizza sauce. Now, the commercial stuff is loaded with sugar, salt and other ingredients you don’t need. That’s easy enough to fix though. The internet is filled with healthy sauce recipes. Just find the one you like best and give it a try. The Toppings Again, not a tough part of the pizza to make healthy. This is probably the healthiest part of pizza as we know it. You’ll want to avoid the worst offenders, some of which are also the tastiest. Things like bacon, ground beef, and pepperoni aren’t very good for your waistline, or your arteries, so you’ll want to take a pass. If you need some type of meat, stick with chicken. It’s tasty on pizza and relatively healthy by comparison. Fruits and veggies. Load them up. They make the best toppings. From peppers and onions to tomatoes and pineapple, nothing is off limits here. Try new combinations and surprise yourself. The Cheese This is the enemy. Next to crust, this is the hardest part to substitute. It also has several structural functions that can’t be ignored. If you’ve managed to replace the crust, and followed the above rules for sauce and toppings, you’ll be forgiven for using cheese to top it all off. Cheese in small amounts is just calorie rich and slightly fattening, but we won’t hold it against you at this point. The problem with a regular pizza is that the sheer quantity of cheese on top is what makes it unhealthy. It’s overwhelming. No-cheese pizzas have been around for a while, so that would be our first suggestion. Another alternative is using vegan friendly cheese substitutes. These are usually made of soy, and don’t always melt the same, but it’s better than no cheese in some cases. A good compromise would be to find lighter fat cheeses, or using a different type of cheese altogether like an aged parmesan. So it is possible to have a fairly healthy pizza . There’s one idea we haven’t explored though: everything in moderation. It’s based on the theory that if you just have small amounts of stuff – even unhealthy stuff – you’ll be ok. Pizza is simply too delicious to give up. If you can manage to stick to just one slice every now and again, you can have the best of all worlds! About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn