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Pizza! Pizza! Which Chicago-style pizza is healthiest?

Not sure if this is true with all dietitians, but I like to consider myself someone who likes to eat like everyone else. Yes, I like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and the occasional tofu dish, but my favorites still include things like pizza.  

And not the whole-grain crust with lite cheese kind (although I’ll eat this too), but the deep dish, butter crust, inch-thick cheesy kind.  

I try, however, to limit my intake of such sinful foods. The exception in my family is holidays and family celebrations. This weekend we celebrated my daughter’s 9th birthday and her meal choice for her party was Lou Malnati’s.

This got me thinking how it compares to other Chicago-style pizza in terms of nutrition status. Turns out they are pretty comparable. Check out the nutrition info below for some of our favorite Chicago pizzas.

Nutrition Info for a slice of cheese pizza (approximately 1/4 of a 9” pizza):

Lou Malnati’s

470 calories, 10g saturated fat, 430mg sodium

Gino’s East

435 calories, 7.5g saturated fat, 330mg sodium

Giordano’s Stuffed Cheese

500 calories, 12g saturated fat, 910mg sodium

And just for fun … I wasn’t able to calculate exactly for a comparable sized slice to those above, but I can tell you what’s in an Individual Size Deep Dish from Uno’s.

Uno’s Individual Cheese Deep Dish

1,750 calories, 35g saturated fat, 2,750mg sodium

So the moral to the story is, limit your portions and the frequency with which you eat these pizzas. And NEVER order the individual pizza!!

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