Not All Frozen Pizzas Are Created Equal

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Commercially prepared pizzas in your grocer’s freezer are a quick and inexpensive dinner solution. Look for varieties that are higher in fibre, lower in saturated and trans fats and sodium. Pay attention to the serving size – some analyses on what appear to be individual pizzas are actually based on half a pizza or pocket. Read the ingredient list,

keeping in mind that wheat flour refers to white (wheat) flour.  Whole wheat flour means the whole grain is used. The best choices in general tend to be thin crust, topped with veggies and/or chicken, rather than bacon, pepperoni, sausage and cheese. (Almost as fast: pick up a bag of whole wheat pitas, a can of tomato paste and some part-skim mozzarella. Some assembly required.)

A few better-than-average choices:

McCain International Thin Crust Multigrain Marinated Tomato & Chicken:
180 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 460 mg sodium, 2 g fibre, 9 g protein, per 1/5 pizza (94 g)

PC Blue Menu Toppings First Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese:
260 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated), 470 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein, per 1/4 pizza (138 g)

Sensations by Compliments Spinach Thin Crust Brick Oven Pizza:
210 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 290 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein, per 1/4 pizza (98 g)

Published in August 2010

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