Pizza Calories & Nutrition Facts (Chart)

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Pizza is probably America’s favorite food, but people are usually unaware that most pizza types are high in nutritional value. They are often low in calories and an excellent source of protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals.

Let’s see the approximate pizza calories and nutrition values and how beneficial this food is for your health.

Pizza Calories and Nutrition Facts

An average pizza you can buy in the US will vary in calorie content, depending on the type you choose. However, the US Department of Agriculture provides average nutrition information per regular cheese pizza slice of 107 g you can find in most fast-food pizza chains.

Calories in one pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (107 g)

Nutrients

Value
Calories

285

Protein

12.2 g
Fat

10.4 g

Carbs

35.7 g
Sugars

3.8 g

Fiber

2.5 g
Sodium

640 mg

Calories in Pizza

Some cheese pizzas’ caloric content is almost the same as in regular bread. For example, one cheese pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (119 g) has approximately 240 calories.

On the other hand, high-calorie Italian sausage pizza has 280 calories, while a supreme-topped pizza slice contains huge 400 calories per slice.

Calories in one pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (119 g)

Regular crust pizza

Calories Proteins Fats Carbs
Marinara 200 5.5 g 1.7 g

40 g

Margherita

204 7 g 3.9 g 34 g
Vegetable and bean 222 8.9 g 8.5 g

28 g

Cheese

237 10.5 g 10 g 26 g
Cheese and vegetables 242 9.5 g 9 g

31 g

Meat and fruit

248 11 g 9 g 31 g
Seafood 252 12.5 g 10 g

27 g

Meat

265 10.5 g 12 g 28 g
White 274 11 g 9.5 g

34.5 g

Meat and vegetable

276 11 g 12.5 g

29.5 g

Keep in mind that meat and cheese significantly contribute to calories and nutrients, so try to choose the one that fits your needs the best.

Pizza with the highest calorie levels

A pizza loaded with processed meat is unhealthy food with a bunch of calories and saturated fat. The total calorie count will also depend on the pizza style, so it is not the same if you order thin or thick crust.

Nutrition for pizza toppings per portion

Small portion

Calories Protein Fat Carbs Sugars Fiber Sodium
White pie 220 9.5 g 6.5 g 31.5 g 3 g 1 g

440 mg

Sicilian

229 10 g 8.5 g 29.5 g 6 g 3 g 400 mg
Veggies 235 10 g 8.5 g 30 g 3.5 g 2 g

520 mg

Margherita

241 10 g 10.5 g 27 g 3 g 2 g 635 mg
Meat and vegetable 249 11 g 11 g 26 g 4 g 2 g

600 mg

Cheese

285 12 g 10.5 g 36 g 4 g 2.5 g 640 mg
Thin crust 302 13 g 14 g 31 g 3.5 g 2.5 g

740 mg

Extra cheese

312 15.5 g 7 g 35 g 3 g 2 g 710 mg
Deep dish 313 13 g 11.5 g 39.5 g 5 g 3 g

725 mg

Pepperoni

313 13 g 13 g 35.5 g 3.5 g 2.5 g 760 mg
Sausage 325 13.5 g 14.5 g 35.5 g 13.5 g 3 g

735 mg

Let’s see how preparation styles and toppings affect pizza calories per slice.

  • Extra cheese pizza – While plain cheese pizza is among the lowest-calorie types you can find, double cheese will significantly increase calories. Therefore, this pizza has significant 312 calories per serving.
  • Pizza with processed meat – You can find two popular pizza types in this group, pepperoni and sausage pizzas. One slice contains 250 to 300 calories. The rule of thumb is that added meat increases pizza’s caloric value by 40 calories per slice.
  • Fast-food pizza – A slice of cheese pizza you can buy in one of the fast-food chains contains approximately 285 calories.
  • Frozen pizza – One frozen serving bought in a store contains 268 calories on average.
  • Deep dish – This pizza’s calorie content can significantly vary depending on the fast-food chain where you eat it. While it usually contains 282 calories per serving, one slice you eat in Domino’s is more caloric and has as many as 313 calories.

Keep in mind that pizza’s calorie count can significantly vary according to its style, added toppings, and offered serving size. When you want to cut a few calories, you can avoid eating the crust.

Calories in one pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (119 g)

Thin crust pizza

Calories Proteins Fats Carbs
Cheese and vegetables 202 8.5 g 8 g

24 g

Cheese

208 9 g 9 g 22 g
Meat and fruit 210 10 g 8 g

24.5 g

Vegetable and bean

222 9 g 8.5 g 28 g
Meat 223 10 g 11 g

20.5 g

Meat and vegetable

239 10 g 12 g 23 g
Seafood 252 12.5 g 10 g

27 g

White

274 11 g 10 g

34.5 g

The lowest calorie pizza per slice

Aside from a plain cheese pizza, the lowest calorie type is a vegetarian cheese pizza. In most cases, a delicious veggie pizza count from 235 to 240 calories on average. Unlike meat, the vegetable will add very few calories to this popular dish.

Veggie toppings like onions, tomatoes, and green peppers will add necessary antioxidants and fiber without many calories. Nowadays, you can also find yummy types with mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli.

Calories in one pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (119 g)

Thick crust pizza

Calories Proteins Fats Carbs
Cheese 256 11.5 g 10 g

30 g

Cheese and vegetables

287 19 g 10 g 39 g
Meat and fruit 292 11.5 g 10 g

39 g

Meat

305 11 g 13 g 35.5 g
Vegetable and bean 307 10.5 g 10 g

43.5 g

Meat and vegetable

319 12 g 13.5 g 37.5 g
Seafood 334 13.5 g 11 g

43.5 g

White

348 13.5 g 11.5 g

46.5 g

Tips to reduce the calories in pizza

Even though some pizza types are high in calories, you can cut their content in a few practical ways.

For example, reducing the amount of cheese topping by half ​will decrease pizza calories and saturated fat levels. Another option is to replace whole-fat cheese with part-skim cheese whenever possible.

There is also an option to make your pizza a low-calorie dish possible by choosing a delicious cheese-free solution and dusting it lightly with grated parmesan instead. Other lower-calorie options include sprinkling your slice with:

  • Red pepper flakes
  • Grilled or roasted chicken
  • Ground turkey breast
  • Extra-lean ground beef

Believe it or not, you can decrease calorie levels from pepperoni and sausage pizza by at least 15 to 40 calories if you soak up grease from your slice with a paper napkin or absorbent paper towel.

I will give you several additional tips to lower calorie levels and eat healthier homemade pizza or even the one ordered in a restaurant:

  • Always pick out thin crust pizza
  • Replace regular crust with the one made of whole-wheat flour to fulfill 20% daily fiber needs
  • Replace unhealthy toppings like pepperoni and sausage with flavored chorizo, spicy Mexican smoked sausage, or delicious Canadian bacon
  • Never order dipping sauces like yummy but highly caloric garlic butter
  • You will intake approximately 200 calories less per meal by avoiding the breadsticks
  • Believe it or not, a white pizza with extra cheese, pesto, and olive oil is often higher in calories than the traditional type topped with low-calorie tomato sauce.

Calories in one pizza slice of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and 4 ounces (119 g)

Other pizza types

Calories Proteins Fats Carbs
Veggie Lover’s 180 8 g 7 g

23 g

Chicken supreme

230 14 g 8 g 25 g
Pepperoni 240 12 g 11 g

24 g

Ham and pineapple

250 10 g 11 g 28 g
Italian sausage 280 13 g 14 g

25 g

You can try to change your habits and visit a locally owned pizzeria instead of a chain restaurant for a change. Such a small restaurant probably offers more options for customization like healthy toppings or crusts made of alternative flour types.

Plus, local owners enjoy looking for new flavors. So, you can taste a pizza with exotic ingredients instead of the boring menu the big chain restaurants have. Just imagine trying a pizza with:

  • Lemon grilled chicken
  • Spicy fajita chicken
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus spears
  • Green peas
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Fresh minced garlic

Sounds great, right? Plus, such a pizza almost always contains lower calorie levels than traditional types you can find everywhere.

Summary

You can’t expect to find one calorie and nutrition value for all pizza types. That will significantly depend on the cooking method, used toppings, flour the crust is made of, and the pizza slice size. In most cases, you need to count on at least 200 to 250 calories per slice.

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