Pizza is probably agreed to be the best type of food ever. NOTHING can change that. Pizza is considered the most popular meal in the world, and definitely one of the favorites here in Egypt. Even though we all can agree on how great pizza is, it is still categorized as junk food because it’s high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. According to a report, 13% of the USA population, consume pizza on any given day increasing to 22% when children and teenagers are included. Pizza wouldn’t be of such concern if it was mainly a homemade dish. On average, a large slice of store-bought pepperoni pizza contains 311 calories, 13.5 grams of total fat (5.5 grams saturated), and 720 milligrams of sodium. And that’s just one slice… No one is usually just satisfied with one slice am I right? If you’re relatively healthy, indulging in a slice of pepperoni pizza every once in a while will not kill you. It won’t even affect your weight. In the short term, your weight will only increase by the actual weight of the pizza. Only eating excess calories over time will contribute to fat gains. That said, if you have unhealthy fat levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, resistance to insulin, heart disease, overweight, obesity, or you smoke a lot, basically conditions that already put your health on the line and at high risk, then you’d be smart to cut down on the amounts of pizza you eat, or at least order a slice that’s loaded with veggies and is relatively light on cheese. A definition of”too much” can be arrived at if one is obese, or experiencing some health issues that go away when you cut back on the food of which you are consuming “too much,” and return when you start to eat “too much” again.

By: Nadeen Soliman