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Food Fight!: Pasta vs. Pizza

pasta and pizza

They’re in a serious tie for tastiness — but which is healthier, a bowl of spaghetti or few slices of pizza? Find out which cheesy, carb-y wonder has the most redeeming value in this (tomato-spattered) showdown between pasta and pie!

Pizza
With 400-plus calories a slice (more if you go heavy on the pepperoni or cheese), two or three slices can add up to eating close to half the daily recommended average of 2,000 calories. Pizzeria slices also tend to have a hefty amount of artery-clogging saturated fat and sodium.

Supermarket frozen pizzas can go either way. Some traditional brands are also high in calories, saturated fat and sodium. They are also usually made with a white-flour crust and contain a laundry list of preservatives. That said, it’s getting easier to find healthier frozen pizzas (take a look how these various brands stacked up in a recent taste test).

Opting to make pizza from scratch can help home cooks control the ingredients and up the nutritional value. Add whole grains (by choosing whole-wheat pizza dough), add vegetables (by piling on favorites like mushrooms, peppers and onions) and include a touch of good cheese. Serve with a side salad or cup of …read more