Can pizza be healthy? The answer lies in the toppings
Think pizza and you think dough, cheese, meats. The way most people do it, it’s the ultimate junk food. But it doesn’t have to be.
One of the first principles of healthy eating is carbohydrates in proportion with physical activity. “Pizza is unhealthy if you are chained to your desk five or six days a week or lead an otherwise sedentary lifestyle,” says nutritionist Shikha Gupta.
What you put on your pizza, of course, decides whether it’s healthy or not. “Make it with more thought; skip refined flour for bajra flour, add sliced tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes, don’t use processed cheese and… ta da, you just made it healthy,” says dietitian Zubeda Tumbi.
Of course, it’s best if you swap the dough with cauliflower; the meat with broccoli and greens.
But even if you don’t, you can make a middle-of-the-road treat that’s actually not bad for you—as long as you have it as a meal and not a snack.
“At the very least, if you’re ordering in and all you have around you are pizza chains,” Tumbi adds, “always, always, get the thin crust.”