Pizza Cheat Sheet

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Cheat Sheet
What's round and cheesy and never misses a party? A certain friend may come to mind, but let's talk about pizza. It's quick. It's tasty. It's been one of your greatest pleasures since you were three.

Use the information below, and your relationship will be a long and satisfying one.
What's in Yours?

Pass on the white pizza
White all-cheese pizza slices aren't healthier; you're giving up the tomato sauce, which packs the antioxidant lycopene (which may lower the risk of prostate and other types of cancers), and you're often adding more cheese, which adds to more calories. The garlic oil, which many pizza chains brush on, also ups the calories. A typical 8-inch white slice at a chain like Sbarro has 570 calories, 23 grams of fat and a PointsPlus value of 15.

Practice piling on
Go for colorful toppings of fresh vegetables such as green, red, or yellow peppers, broccoli and tomato slices, even if you're already putting pepperoni or sausage on the pie. "They'll improve the nutritional profile of the pizza and add volume to fill you up," says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietician in Los Angeles. But remember, some pizza restaurants sauté their vegetable toppings in oil. Make sure to ask and add any extra PointsPlus values for the oil, if necessary.

Toss the crust
The crust-leavers of the world have the right idea. "Most regular pizza crusts are made of enriched white flour," says Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a dietician in Detroit and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That's just basic white bread. If your local pizzeria offers a whole-grain crust, it's a better choice.

Brian Hickey is the managing editor of the Philadelphia City Paper and has written for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia Magazine.
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