Pizza is one of the great joys in life. Feeling down? Grab a pizza. Looking to celebrate something? Get some pizzas and party on. Want to impress your new squeeze with your cooking skills? Grab yourself a Dogtown Pizza!
We yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love pizza – literally not one single soul. But there is one problem that we are all aware of; it’s typically not the healthiest food choice around. It is an unfortunate truth, but we value honesty around here.
There’s been a lot of talk from avid pizza lovers that thin crust pizza is a much healthier alternative to thick crust. Let’s take a look.
Thin Crust Pizza is Technically Healthier
Yes, that’s right folks technically speaking, thin-crust pizza is healthier than thick crust! A thinner crust means that there are fewer calories, less salt, less sodium, and less fat. If you want to stop reading now and go pop a pizza in the oven, we would completely understand.
Now, this fact only works when you compare a thin and thick crust pizza with identical toppings, sauce, and cheese.
It Really Depends on the Toppings
The toppings on a pizza are often what tips it over the edge into unhealthy territory. It doesn’t matter how thin your crusts are if your pizza is covered with thick layers of melted cheese, pepperoni slices, sausage, and bacon (all of which are extremely delicious pizza toppings).
In fact, you could have a thin crust pizza with a ton of toppings, and a thick crust one with just a little bit of cheese and some veggies – and the thicker one would be healthier and lower in calories.
If health is your main concern but you still want pizza, the best option you can possibly go for is a thin crust veggie pizza.
Portion Control is Key
Okay, for those of us who have eaten a whole pizza to ourselves that was meant for a family of four – we can speak to this simply because we felt neither physically or emotionally good after and wish we would have only had a slice or two.
The best way to enjoy the pizza you love without sacrificing your health is to practice portion control and enjoy it in moderation.
No matter what type of pizza or pizza toppings you choose, eating 10 slices will push you into unhealthy territory really quick and crust thickness no longer matters.
You can always pair something healthy with your pizza too to help fill you up. Love our Bacon Bacon pizza? Go ahead and have a couple of slices with a fresh, yummy salad.
Is Thin Crust Pizza Healthier?
As with many things in life, it isn’t a simple case of yes or no.
To summarize: if, and this is a big if, we compared pizzas with differing crust thickness, then the thin crust one would be healthier. This is only true if the toppings, sauce, and cheese areall need to be exactly the same.
If you take a thin crust pizza and cover it in unhealthy toppings and compare it to a thick crust pizza loaded up with veggies, then it probably won’t be the healthier option anymore! Healthy pizza consumption really boils down to the toppings you choose and portion control.
How do you practice healthy eating habits? What are your favorite healthy pizza toppings? Let us know in the comments below!