Is Pizza Junk Food?

Why is it that some people consider pizza to be junk food? If you add healthy toppings, how could it possibly be junk?

I love to make my own pizza, especially since we don’t order it that often.  It’s really not that difficult to prepare even if you don’t think of yourself as a great cook.  If you find a good dough recipe or even buy it from your local grocery store, you can have yourself a wonderful meal in hardly any time at all.  You can even use precooked pizza crusts or pita bread, bagels sliced in half, toasted English muffins, or French-stick bread for your crust.  The possibilities are endless.

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Make your own pizza sauce or buy it in a can or jar, it doesn’t matter.  You can even use pasta sauce if you cannot find actual pizza sauce.  Just add some extra oregano, basil, and garlic powder to the pasta sauce and that should make it taste a little more like what you would expect pizza sauce to taste like.

When it comes to cheese the obvious choice is Mozzarella, but there are so many other cheeses that melt just as well.  Some people like to use Provolone, Cheddar, Gouda, or Munster.  Try different types until you find the one that appeals to you most.  You can also add grated Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago to your pizza.  Asiago also melts well, but the other two don’t, they just taste great.

When it comes to toppings I like to keep it vegetarian with peppers (red and green), tomato slices, mushrooms, onions, and pineapple.  I don’t like olives on my pizza but there are a lot of people who love it.  There are black, green, Kalamata and many other types to try.  Some people even add broccoli and artichokes to their pizza.  There are no limits to the amount of vegetables that you can add to make your pizza not only delicious but also nutritious as well.

Of course we all know that many like to add pepperoni to their pizzas, but there is also bacon, sausage crumbles, chicken, ham, anchovies, and many other meat toppings.  The only thing about adding these types of ingredients is that you are now making the pizza a lot more fattening.  Many of these toppings are full of fat and seeing as there is already cheese on the pizza, you don’t really need the extra grease, do you?

Image via Wikipedia - Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Image via Wikipedia - Asiago cheese

Did you know that the first pizza was actually only made with three ingredients (besides the crust of course).  Tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves were the original toppings.  Very simple and yet very tasty.  You should try pizza this way once in awhile, after all it was made for Queen Margherita that way.  Gaetano Bresci prepared the first pizza using the three colours of the Italian flag for Queen Margherita on July 29, 1900, and if it is good enough for a queen then it should be good enough for the rest of us, right?  Surely a queen wouldn’t eat junk food, would she?

Image via Wikipedia - Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanna of Savoy-Genoa, Italy

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  1. Interesting article and perspective.



    -Liane Schmidt.

  2. I love pizza….(sigh)….

  3. I certainly agree that pizza isn’t junk food, I opt of it many a times and you have so many healthy options to choose from. Practically it is just chicken, beef, mortadella, veggies on bread so why JUNK?

  4. Now that there is so many varietys of pizza it can’t possibly be junk food, if anyone thinks it is, just add plenty of veggies on top to doctor it up.


  6. When you make it yourself, pizza may not be a junk food after all.
    However, ordering it from your local pizzeria is almost always going to lead to eating commercial, unnatural ingredients. Good article. =)

  7. In my opinion, Pizza is junk food, you ask yourself: “how is pizza junk food?” well, pizza has cheese which is junk food, and that’s how pizza is junk food.

  8. Pizza doesn’t have chemicals if you are making it yourself. Maybe if you buy commercially made sauce and dough, but not the homemade stuff.

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