whats the deal with pizza

By taz324 Latest Reply 2010-12-01 12:41:41 -0600
Started 2010-11-24 17:51:41 -0600

i remember the dietiacian saying that i couldn't have pizza and have been wondering why that is is it the crust or the sause or is there somthing that i am missing

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Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2010-12-01 12:41:41 -0600 Report

My problem with pizza is the fat content. I asked my diabetes educator about it last time I was in and that is what she told me. It is true that it has a lot of carbs, but you can counteract that with the right ratio of insulin. But even when I did that my bloodsugars would just go out of wack. She told me that it is because the fat in the pizza makes it last in my system for several hours so instead of just giving insulin to counteract the intial peak from the carbs, it would then drag out for several hours making it hard to balance with insulin.

Kissmybubbles 2010-12-01 12:24:26 -0600 Report

There is just alot of carbs in the crust. Im sure thats what it is. You can eat whatever you want as long as you add it into your carb count for your insulin. I know some who just eat the topping off the pizza ..lol. But, my daughter, when she eats it I always give her a little extra only because pizza always ups her blood sugar.

Warrior007 2010-11-28 01:23:51 -0600 Report

Yes you can have pizza!!!! I make my own!!! I make my own sauce from scratch and add veggies!!!! Yummy. For the crust, I use 1 medium whole wheat tortilla, or sometimes I use whole wheat pita bread. Add my sauce, low-fat cheese, spinach, onions, mushrooms, red bell pepper. If I am in the mood for a little meat, I will add 1/2 cup of ground turkey or thinly shaved turkey (used in sandwhiches) and PRESTO!!! you have one delicious, low-fat pizza!! :)

GabbyPA 2010-11-25 06:22:10 -0600 Report

Well, there are a lot of carbs in the crust, so if I have pizza I always get a thin crust type. The other thing is that there is usually sugars in the sauce and even in the cheese sometimes, so unless you know the ingredients are fresh and natural, that can add to the carb count. Of course, they are loaded with fat if you are a meat lover...that would be my hubby. LOL. And finally, can you stop at one slice. Because portion wise, that is about all we should have.

So, it's not that you cannot have pizza, but that you have to be careful with it. Home made is always a good control in that way as you can choose what goes on it and what the quality is.

Here is a glimpse into the counts on a single large slice of pizza (read it and weep =0( I used Pizza Hut and Pappa Johns to show that even choosing the brand of Pizza can make a huge difference.

Pizza Hut: Cheese= 270 cal, 27g carb, 13g fat, 25g chol, 470mg sodium
Pappa John: Cheese= 290 cal, 39f carb, 10g fat, 17g chol, 699mg sodium

Pizza Hut: Meat lovers = 320 cal, 27g carb, 18g fat, 35 chol, 690mg sodium
Pappa John: All the Meats=405 cal, 39 carb, 14g fat, 41 chol, 1114 mg sodium

Now if you get the thin and crispy slice you loose about 7 carbs per slice! So go thin if you are going to go pizza.

Lisa07 2010-11-28 10:27:03 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby: thanks for the informations. i love veggie pizza especially with pineapples. I came from Hawaii we eat alot of pineapples. Normally i have two piece with a salad on the side. Yes i only eat thin crust Lol :-)

GabbyPA 2010-11-29 17:58:09 -0600 Report

I love pineapple on my pizza. That with some ham and onions. Yummy. And I like thin crust, not just because it's better for me. I like the crispy crunchyness of it.

RAYT721 2010-11-24 19:17:37 -0600 Report

I'd probably shy away from a Pizza Hut "Fat Lovers" pizza but I make my own on low carb tortillas and have no issues. A carb is a carb whether it's in the form of pizza, doughnut or a potato. There's no reason not have to what you like with a few tweaks to the ingredients. Think low carb bread, low sodium sauce, low fat cheese and use moderation. I don't know if I'm a rebel but I am not going to let diabetes stop me from enjoying food and life. I keep my mind, body and soul in check and haven't had issues with my BG levels. Sometimes the worst thing is listening to others tell me what I can and cannot have. Don't overdo it, test, and listen to your meter.

Dev 2010-11-25 09:07:53 -0600 Report

I so agree with your attitude. In our house the rule is you can eat whatever you want as far as you keep it in the carb limits for each meal or snack.

We also make pizza at home with Tortilla's it tastes fantastic. We have also tried some on pita. That works pretty good too. both whole grain. For the pita, you have to remove the thinner upper layer and use the thicker lower as the pizza base. :) By making it at home we are sure of the ingredients going in and can adjust the quantities of sause, cheese and other ingregients so as to not spike sugar. :)

snuggums3030 2010-11-24 18:12:07 -0600 Report

My daughter eats pizza and does a correction for it. Her doctor said she could eat anything she wanted as long as she did her carb ratio which is 1:15 carbs so who knows. I have notice people on here saying no pizza b/c it's not good for you. I asked her doctor to see a dietiacian and he said as long as you count your carbs right she will be OK. Good luck!

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