Is pizza healthy?

Is pizza healthy? It's all about the topping.

Story highlights

  • Pizza offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes
  • Pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost a pizza's saturated fat, sodium and calories

(CNN)Pizza is healthy. And it isn't healthy.

Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster.
Even healthy pizzas deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, so if you are watching your salt intake, you should eat with caution. Of course, the size of the slice and the number of slices you eat count, too.
    Pizza pros include the fact that it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with whole-wheat flour (including whole white wheat flour) is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains.