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Does eating healthily rule out a family classic? Well, it’s best saved for treat nights, but choose wisely and it doesn’t have to be a diet disaster


What to watch out for

A basic margherita, topped mainly with tomato sauce and cheese, is usually a more waistline-friendly option than pizzas loaded with lots of other toppings. But the more cheese you add, the more the fat piles up. So beware: those four-cheese pizzas can actually be fattier than a meat feast.

The type of cheese used will largely dictate the fat content of the pizza: ricotta, for example, is much lower in fat than mascarpone.

Size matters – the bigger and deeper the pizza, the more fat, calories, saturates and salt it will contain. Opt for thin-crust and stonebaked over deep-pan.

Check the serving size on packs. Most pizzas are created to feed two people, but because we’re used to being served a whole one to ourselves in restaurants, we often do the same at home. Cut half a pizza into the same number of slices as you would a whole one and you may just trick yourself into thinking you’re eating as much as you usually do (fill the empty half of your plate with salad). If you’re dining solo, pop the other half in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch.

Finding a low-fat pizza is virtually impossible (that’s one with no more than 3g fat per 100g), so be sure to watch your fat intake for the rest of the day to stay
within the recommended daily maximum of 70g.

Amount of fat

We’ve given values per ½ pizza as sizes vary

Morrisons Thin Cheese Pizza, £1/321g
349kcal per ½ pizza, 10.7g fat

Pizza Express Classic Margherita, £4.50/245g, Tesco, Sainsbury’s
312kcal per ½ pizza, 10.8g fat

Tesco Thin Cheese Pizza, £1/314g
370kcal per ½ pizza, 11.2g fat

Waitrose Wood-Fired Buffalo Mozzarella & Sun Soaked Tomato Pizza, £3.89/295g
387kcal per ½ pizza, 13.3g fat

Pizza Express Romana Padana, £5/435g, Sainsbury’s, Ocado
476kcal per ½ pizza, 14.3g fat

Asda Thin Stonebaked Cheese Feast Pizza, £2.20/290g
386kcal per ½ pizza, 16g fat

Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Margherita Pizza, £3/300g
430kcal per ½ pizza, 18.6g fat

Tesco Finest Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza, £5/411g
511kcal per ½ pizza, 19.5g fat

Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Quattro Formaggi, £2.50/340g, Ocado, Waitrose
452kcal per ½ pizza, 23.5g fat

Chicago Town The Takeaway Stuffed Crust Four Cheese Melt, £3/480g, widely available
661kcal per ½ pizza, 26g fat

Tesco Stuffed Crust Cheese Feast Takeaway Pizza, £3.75/490g
712kcal per ½ pizza, 32g fat

Goodfella’s Takeaway Slice n’ Share The Big Cheese Pizza, £3.50/555g, widely available
760kcal per ½ pizza (without dip), 37g fat

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