Ordering thin crust pizza instead of a regular crust can be a healthier choice, because it is lower in calories. Thin crust pizza is not a nutrient-dense food, however, and it should only be an occasional treat as part of an overall balanced diet. Limit yourself to a single slice to avoid eating more fat and calories than you need.
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Calories and Carbohydrates
Pizza is among the top sources of calories in the typical American diet. A slice of thin crust cheese pizza, or one-eighth of a 14-inch pizza, contains 230 calories and 24 grams of carbohydrates. A slice of thin crust pepperoni pizza has 261 calories and 23 grams of carbohydrates. For comparison, a slice of cheese pizza with regular crust has 285 calories and 36 grams of carbohydrates. An entire thin crust cheese pizza contains 1,782 calories, making portion control crucial for limiting calorie consumption and controlling body weight.
Fat and Saturated Fat
A slice of thin crust pizza has 10.6 grams of total fat, including 4.7 grams of saturated fat. Saturated fat can raise levels of your blood cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease. Pizza contributes 6 percent of the total saturated fat to the typical American diet, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Healthy adults should get no more than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, or 22 grams per day on a 2,000-calorie diet. Full-fat cheese, pepperoni and sausage are common pizza toppings that contain saturated fat.
Pizza is High in Sodium
Thin crust cheese pizza contains 564 milligrams of sodium per slice. Healthy adults should get no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, because a high-sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for kidney disease and stroke, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Sodium in pizza can come from the crust, pizza sauce, cheese and salty toppings, such as pepperoni, anchovies and olives. To reduce the sodium content of your pizza, choose a thin crust and order it with less cheese and fresh tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, and avoid salty toppings.
Pizza Provides Calcium
Each slice of thin crust cheese pizza provides 219 milligrams of calcium, an essential mineral for nerve transmission, blood pressure regulation and muscle function. It is also necessary for maintaining strong bones and preventing osteoporosis, but many Americans do not get enough calcium. Healthy adults should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Cheese and other dairy products are good sources of calcium.