Although pizza doesn’t rank as one of the healthiest foods out there, eating a pie doesn’t have to be an insanely salty and grease-soaked experience. Here, we explore some of the best and worst pizza toppings in terms of nutritional content so you can still indulge, but at least make a few healthy swaps when you order or cook.
Vitamin C is the undisputed star of pineapple — considered by many to be essential in maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting healthy cells from free radicals entering the body. This yummy tropical fruit also contains good amounts of dietary fiber, thiamine, manganese and vitamin B6.
Bursting with nutrients, green peppers are just about the healthiest pizza topping out there. They are absolutely loaded with vitamin C, plus dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. And with no fat or cholesterol, feel free to load ‘em up on your pie.
A member of the sunflower family, healthful artichokes are plentiful in wintertime. Their biggest nutritional boon is dietary fiber, which helps maintain a healthy weight. Artichokes also contain solid amounts of folate, vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium.
Protein is just about the only redeeming quality of pepperoni, a high-calorie meat that contains loads of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. For the sake of your heart, eat it sparingly.
One of the most controversial pizza toppings, anchovies are exceptionally high in sodium, and also have significant amounts of cholesterol and fat. Small amounts of calcium, iron and protein prevent anchovies from being a total wash when it comes to nutritional content.
This pork product represents another salt and cholesterol bonanza, although with less fat than pepperoni. On the upside, it has decent amounts of thiamine, which converts carbohydrates to energy, and vitamin B6, which helps fight disease and maintain nerve function, among other things.