I found myself in a pinch and ordering some Papa John’s pizza.
This popular pizza is probably full of white processed flour, but other than that, I thought, “how bad can it be?”
After all, their marketing revolves around claiming they use fresh, all natural ingredients.
Papa John’s boasts their “family secret recipe” and does not list the ingredients of their pizzas on their website. I scoured the internet for any sign of what the ingredients might be, and here are my only findings:
- 100% Mozzarella Cheese: At least they are not using a fake cheese or cheese with trans fat.
- Garlic and Butter Sauce: Steer clear of this as it is full of trans fat. Try ordering pizza sauce instead.
- Zero Grams Trans Fat Claims: They claim that their products contain zero grams of trans fat, but that doesn’t mean you are ingesting zero grams. By labeling laws in the US, if one serving is less than or equal to 0.5 grams trans fat, they can label their food as “0 g trans fat”.
- BHA/BHT: All of Papa John’s meats contain this preservative. Internationally, BHA is known as a possible carcinogen, but the US FDA considers it safe.
Thin Crust for Thin Waistline
The number one tip for healthier pizza is to order thin crust. It can save you 60 calories per slice!
1 large slice peperoni regular crust = 330 Calories
1 large slice peperoni thin crust = 270 Calories
Another skinny tip is to order a pizza for one and share it with one other person. Since it will be small, have a large salad as part of your meal.
Avoid Extra Meats and Cheeses
Pizza with multiple cheese toppings or multiple meat toppings is the highest calorie.
Instead look for a veggie pizza–it will be your lightest option usually.
1 large slice of “The Meats” = 370 Calories
1 large slice of “Garden Fresh” = 280 Calories
There is often less cheese used on the vegetable pizzas because all of the toppings take up more space.
An added bonus is that you will intake some much needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals.
What We Can Conclude
It is best to choose a food or product in which you know the ingredients. Not knowing what something is made of can be a dangerous game.
I rarely get Papa John’s pizza, and I intend to keep it that way. I want to know what I am putting in my body.
Do you ever order Papa John’s?