When it comes to pizza, everyone has an opinion. Some love it and those who… well… let’s call them haters. But have you ever wondered which one is actually healthier?
Well, I did, and I wanted to find out. So, I decided to compare Grandma Pizza against other pizza varieties to see which one is healthier.
Is Grandma Pizza Healthy?
Like anything else, there are healthy and unhealthy ingredients in grandma pizza. In fact, there is an entire category of foods called junk foods – which are nothing but highly processed, nutrient-poor foods that lack nutritional value.
So although there may be some healthy ingredients in grandma pizza, it does not mean it is a healthy choice for you.
All in all, I believe that when it comes to any type of pizza, it is all about moderation. As long as you do not overeat at one time (and are physically active), you should be fine!
What Is Grandma Pizza?
Grandma pizza is a type of Sicilian-style pizza that originated in the United States during the mid-20th century. This sheet pan pizza is known for its thick, almost deep dish crust and high amount of cheese – and is topped with various vegetables and meats. The origin of this food is still unknown, but it is believed that it was created in the mid-1950s.
What Are Some Healthy Ingredients in Grandma Pizza?
Grandma pizza is a dish that is made of a crust topped with tomato sauce and cheese and then baked in the oven. It is commonly served with vegetables on the side. This dish can be made with various ingredients, including tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives, etc.
Grandma Pizza Nutrition Facts
Grandma pizza contains a good amount of protein as it has eggs or meat. It also provides a good amount of carbohydrates as it is made with wheat flour or corn flour – as well as a decent amount of fat.
However, the saturated fat content is high, so it is recommended to limit the consumption of this dish as much as possible. Overall, the nutritional value of this dish is good as it is a good source of iron and calcium.
Some other stats for one slice:
- 12 grams of protein.
- 11 grams of fat.
Grandma Pizza Slice Calories
A regular-sized slice of homemade grandma pizza contains about 260 calories.
Carbs in Grandma Pizza
There are 33 total carbohydrates in one slice and 31 net carbs.
A “Healthy” Grandma Pizza Recipe
I will not share a specific healthier recipe here because I have never been able to find one that I like. However, I can make some recommendations to help make it healthier:
- When you do eat it, do so in moderation.
- Make it with a thinner crust.
- Use less cheese.
- Add more nutritious vegetables.
How Does It Compare To Other Types Of Pizza?
Let’s be honest. Most importantly, any pizza can be unhealthy if you overeat it. You will be fine if you are active and eat only small portions of homemade pizzas occasionally! With that being said, here is a comparison of how different types of pizzas stack up against each other:
Vs. Sicilian Style Pizza
I would rate Sicilian-style pizza about the same in “healthiness” as homemade Italian-style grandma pizzas. They are both excellent choices to eat in moderation and quite similar in how they are made and the pizza topping ingredients used.
Vs. Margherita Pizza
Margherita pizza contains fewer carbs and calories than grandma pizza, but it is still high in saturated fat, so I would not recommend eating it too often.
Vs. Neapolitan Pizza
I would put a Neapolitan pizza in about the same category as Margherita pizza. Both contain a good amount of fat and sodium – and are not the healthiest choices you can make. If you really must have them once in a while, then go ahead – but make sure you exercise regularly to balance it out! Compared to Grandma pizza, though, it is a bit less in carbs, fat, and calories.
Although there are a few healthy ingredients in grandma pizzas, it is also loaded with unhealthy ones like saturated fat and salt. You should be alright if you eat it in moderation, but I recommend making a healthier version at home instead!