Who doesn’t love pizza? No matter how old you are or what the occasion is, there’s nothing like a delicious cheesy, saucy pizza.
Of course, pizza isn’t exactly known as a health food, and while we’re proud to offer our frozen pizzas to a wide range of retailers and customers, we also aim to be as transparent as possible about the nutritional information in every pizza we offer.
We often hear people ask how many calories pizza has, but this really depends on the pizza brand and the type of pizza you’re talking about. There’s no single overarching answer—every pizza is going to be different based on the ingredients used.
Most of the time when people are asking this, they’re referring to delivery pizza. Let’s take a look at some of the big-time delivery chains and see what you can expect nutritionally out of an average slice of their cheese pizzas, before adding other toppings:
- Pizza Hut: According to the nutritional information provided by Pizza Hut, a slice of medium hand-tossed cheese pizza (which is essentially the “basic” slice of pizza from the chain) will contain 220 calories. In terms of nutrients, you can expect 26 grams of carbohydrates, eight grams of fat, 10 grams of protein, 25 milligrams of cholesterol and four grams of saturated fats.
- Domino’s: A slice of a medium hand-tossed cheese pizza from Domino’s comes in at slightly fewer calories than what you’d get from Pizza Hut: 200 in total. It also has 25 grams of carbs, nine grams of protein and eight grams of fat. However, with thin crust the calorie count increases to 290, versus the 190 calories for thin crust at Pizza Hut.
- Papa John’s: A slice of a medium original crust cheese pizza from Papa John’s splits the difference between Domino’s and Pizza Hut, coming in at 210 calories. There isn’t a comparable thin crust, as the thin crust only comes in larger sizes. But a slice of the large thin crust pizza will set you back 215 calories, which indicates the thin crust averages fewer calories than the company’s original crust.
- DiGiorno: Perhaps the biggest name in the frozen pizza market, a slice of DiGiorno rising crust four cheese pizza contains 290 calories, with 36 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 14 grams of protein.
Again, every pizza is different, but based on this information you can at least get a general idea of what you’re putting into your body when you’re enjoying a pizza. Keep in mind that the average female adult should consume 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day, and the average male adult should consume between 2,000 and 3,000 calories (specific recommendations vary based on metabolism and activity level).
Want to know more nutritional specifics about the pizzas we offer, including how many calories are in a slice of pizza? We encourage you to contact Giovanni’s Frozen Pizza for more information—all the information is also included on the packaging for all of the frozen pizzas we provide.