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[IP] Study warns of calorie-packed pizzas
WASHINGTON, May 17 Hold the cheese! Thats the advice for pizza lovers
from a consumer group that says just one slice of a popular meat-covered
pizza contains as much fat and calories as a McDonalds Big Mac.
WHILE MOST people wouldnt unwrap and eat a second Quarter Pounder or
Big Mac, many people reach for a second, third or even a fourth slice of
their favorite pizza, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said
Friday, issuing a survey of popular pies.
The United States where obesity has hit epidemic proportions
orders 3 billion pizzas a year. So CSPI, which has previously taken the fun
out of fast food and movie theater popcorn, turned its sights on pizza by
testing 15 kinds from 36 pizzerias in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The group also used nutritional information provided by four chains: Pizza
Hut, Dominos Pizza, Little Caesars and Papa Johns.
The survey found that an average serving of plain cheese pizza two
to three slices depending on the pie contains about 600 calories and 25
grams of fat, including 10 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat. Thats
half a days serving of fat. And the news just gets worse as the toppings
Just one slice of Pizza Huts Stuffed Crust Meat Lovers pizza has
420 calories and 21 grams of fat, including 10 grams of saturated fat
about the same as a McDonalds Quarter Pounder. The study said an average
serving of this pizza is two slices.
The chains Big New Yorker Sausage pizza does more damage than a
McDonalds Big Mac. And a single piece of Dominos Hand Tossed Pepperoni is
the equivalent of a McDonalds Egg McMuffin.
STUFFED CRUST AND ARTERIES
The report warns consumers to avoid stuffed crust pizzas an
innovation that injects pizza into the pizzas crust.
You need cheese stuffed into a pizza crust like you need reverse
liposuction to force more fat under your skin, said study director and CSPI
nutritionist Jayne G. Hurley.
Americans love cheese, said Mike Rawlings, president of Pizza Hut.
We respond to the voice of our customer. And frankly, I think people are a
little tired of being told what not to eat.
Hurley said the chains stuffed crust pizza with meat is the worst
of both worlds with about a days worth of sodium and saturated fat in just
Rawlings said his company offers a variety of pizzas for people who
want a healthier meal.
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