Food Villains #2: Deep Dish Pizza

Pizza is already a fairly unhealthy food. As much as it pains me to say it and you to hear it, the sad truth is that pizza is a high-calorie, high-fat, low-nourishment meal that truly healthy people try to avoid for the most part. It's a guilty pleasure to have every once in a while, but it's something to be careful with. Deep dish pizza is the worst of the pizzas--not in taste, but in "healthiness". A thicker pizza crust means more white flour (read: empty) calories, plus more sauce, cheese and toppings. With the thick crust, there's space to add more of everything. It's almost like making a pizza "pie", and you get far more calories from a deep dish pizza than you do from a thin-crust 'za. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Source:[/caption] For example, Uno Chicago Grill serves a delicious Classic Deep Dish Individual Pizza that packs a stunning:
  • 2,310 calories
  • 4,650 mg of sodium (200% DV)
  • 120 grams of carbs
  • 165 grams of fat
And that's just the "individual" size! Imagine how much higher the 14" pizza would be! My advice: Thin crust or nothing. (Thin crust pizza is your guilty pleasure, but smart people will skip pizza 9 times out of 10.)  
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