A piece of the pizza pie

It’s simple to just order a pizza. We don’t have time for much of anything else because someone’s working, or someone has plans, or we need to get this done, or that. Most pizza places will even bring the pizza to your house, so you don’t have to get behind on your homework, or your laundry, or stop painting the house to go get food. Because of the convenience of pizza, it’s a staple to most American households. But do they ever stop to think if there’s any difference in the nutritional content of the different pizza places they order from? I know I never thought about it. It seemed like a small, unimportant matter. That is, until I got curious and did some research.

My personal favorite pizza place is Pizza Hut, so I’m going to start with what I found out about their fourteen inch pepperoni pizza with their hand-tossed crust. For one slice of the pizza, which is about 1/8 of the pizza, there’s 340 calories. If you’re anything like me, I usually eat two slices, so that’s 680 calories right there. 130 calories of each 340, come from fat alone. Sure sounds yummy when you think of it that way, doesn’t it?

Not all pizza places are equal, though. Some seem to have found healthier ways to make their pizzas, or perhaps just healthier ingredients. Papa John’s fourteen inch pepperoni pizza, for instance, with their original crust: the same serving size (about 1/8 of the pizza) as the previously mentioned Pizza Hut pizza, has 310 calories, and 120 of them are from fat. There’s not a terribly significant difference, but the fact of the matter is: there is one.

What was most surprising to me, though, was when I looked up Little Caesar’s pizzas. Their fourteen inch Hot-N-Ready five dollar pepperoni pizza? For one slice of the pizza, there are only 280 calories. 100 of those are from fat. Hard to believe that the fastest, cheapest pizza is the healthiest, isn’t it? The next time you’re having a sleepover with your best friends, or busy with homework without time to cook because your term paper is due first thing in the morning, take into consideration where you order your pizza from, because not all pizzas are created equal.