Digesting The Label is a series that takes a look at what exactly is in the food that we're buying and eating from a nutritional standpoint. Every two weeks, we'll examine a food and help determine whether or not it's all it's cut out to be .. or in some cases, even better for us than we thought. This week, we're looking at the sodium in frozen thin crust pizzas.
Whether you need to make an appetizer or indulge in some thin crust goodness for dinner, frozen pizzas are often the easiest ways to get full on a budget. Since we all know frozen food in general is highly processed, finding the "best" or "healthiest" one may come down to the product's sodium content.
With so many labels on packages — like the words thin, gluten-free and even ultra thin — it can be hard to pinpoint which one actually is healthiest for you. Make sure you are reading serving sizes (this week, we calculated them all to 90 grams) to ensure you are not overeating salt, sugar and fat.
And once you do find a brand you like, you can always attempt to make it healthier. Add toppings like extra veggies or lean cuts of meat, or even cut the slice down into bite-sized pieces and put it in a salad (think of it like a super loaded crouton).
But we do understand the appeal of buying frozen pizzas — everything is there in one box. According to the Kitchn, you can even create your own frozen pizza at home (we also think this would make a great weekend project), and that way, you'll know exactly what's going into each 'za.
Take a look below at some popular frozen thin crust pizzas and their sodium content. Let us know if we missed your favourites: