Pizza is very popular among kids, adolescences and adults. Pizza days at school, have kids eating more calories, saturated fat and sodium than they do on other days. School pizza days, kids ate an average of 83 more calories, and teens had an average of 230 more calories than non-pizza days. Kids and teens also intake 3 to 5 more grams of saturated fat, and 100 to 400 more milligrams of sodium on pizza days. This tells us that kids are not compensating in other parts of their diet when they eat pizza, and these are nutrients that we want to limit from kids diets.
Kids (parents responded for the kids) and teens were surveyed about the food they had consumed over the previous 24 hours, twice in a 10-day periods. From 2009-2010, 20 percent of younger kids and 23 present of teens ate pizza on any random day. On pizza-eating days, younger kids ate average 408 calories worth of pizza and teens ate approx. 624. Calories of pizza, which is less than a survey from 2003-2004. This decline is due to eating less slices or the pizza became healthier.
Consumption of pizza may be declining in the US but that’s not the case of low and middle income countries. Hopefully, parents will recognize the role [pizza plays in their kids diets and that they can urge the pizza industry to make their products healthier, and lower in fat.
Canadian dietitians said pizza can become more nutritious if it is whole wheat, or whole grain and make it thin crust, and “how to build a healthy pizza” that still tastes just as good should be put into the health and fitness curriculum in the school boards.