What is healthier: frozen pizza or fresh pizza?

What is healthier: frozen pizza or fresh pizza?

Do you opt for a fresh or frozen pizza in the supermarket?

From research shows that Dutch yearly 440 (!) Million to buy food (online). And what is the ultimate favorite among all these orders? Pizza! Then it is still an important question; what is a healthier choice: the fresh version from the supermarket? Or would you prefer to go for the frozen pizza?

Hereby the once and for all the redeeming answer.

Freshly made pizzas

If we can believe the manufacturers of the freshly prepared pizzas, these pieces should be more authentic and healthier than the frozen ones. Labels such as ‘freshly invested’ and ‘baked on wood fire’ must persuade the consumer. But is this actually correct and is the fresh pizza so healthy? asked dietitian Jonathan Joestar and came up with some surprising conclusions.

Amount of saturated fats

Dietitian Alex Schindler says the following about this: “If you only look at a pizza based on ingredients, you would think so. Tomato sauce, cheese, oil or a bottom of flour does not really seem unhealthy, but that is beyond the size of a pizza. Because it is that sturdy diameter of even a standard pizza that makes the alarm ring. The large amount of cheese, for example, produces a lot of saturated fats, which is not a good way to lose fat. The tomato sauce is too limited as a fully-fledged vegetable, the pizza crust usually does not consist of wholemeal flour and the oil also provides additional calories. ”

Number of calories

This way the calories quickly run high. “A normal pizza contains 800 to 900 kcal, which is almost half of the 1,800 to 2,000 kcal that we need in a whole day.” And we are talking about the less richly invested pizzas. With a pepperoni or quatro formaggi variant the number of saturated fats increases even more due to the salami or extra cheeses. “While at most 30% of our daily energy intake may consist of fats – or about 60 to 70 grams – you have at least half inside with one pizza,” Sanne said.


So the most important question: are those chilled pizzas so much healthier than the frozen copies? “Not really,” concludes the dietitian, after looking at both the chilled and frozen specimens of different types of pizza for those nutritional values. “In general, the ratios of carbohydrate-fat proteins are the same for both versions. Just as both types – both chilled and frozen – contain too much salt. While our bodies may consume no more than 6 grams of salt every day, some pizzas almost reach that number on their own. ”But the most striking is that fresh pizzas contain more fast sugars than the frozen variants.