Guess How Many Calories Are in a Pizza Slice

If you haven’t figured it out by now, we’re pretty big fans of pizza. It’s one we’ve come to rely on time and time again. But we know that pizza has a reputation, one that we’re hoping to cast a light on. We’re here to clear up the misconception that pizza is unhealthy.

How many calories are in a slice of pizza?

With such a vast array of options for toppings, cheese, crust, etc., there’s no such thing as a typical slice nor is there a definitive number to work with. We’ve seen a range of numbers from an average of 270 calories per cheese slice to about 400 for one with added meat toppings. With added accoutrements, the number goes up. Different styles should also be taken into consideration: a gluten-free spinach slice will count differently than a fully-ornamented Chicago deep dish.

Is pizza healthy?

With all things considered, pizza can be a viable and healthy option. It’s not that pizza is unhealthy, it’s that pizza can be healthy. The nutritional value of pizza depends on variables such as types of crusts, cheeses, toppings and the portions actually consumed.

According to dietitian Chelsey Amer who first raised eyebrows with her claim that an average pizza slice is a healthier option than breakfast cereal, pizza can be considered a balanced meal. It’s a good source of protein and carbs which can keep one going longer than a bowl of sugary cereal which can lend itself to an early-afternoon crash.

What are my options?

Locally owned and operated pizzerias will most likely have better sourced ingredients and flexibility to customize according to certain restrictions. To save on calories, consider thin whole-wheat crusts, tomato bases, and vegetable toppings. In the end, we believe that everything in moderation is the best approach. Pizza can easily fit into any healthy diet or lifestyle as long as it is done so responsibly.

— Amanda Yam