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Frozen Pizza (Packaged Pizza) for People with Diabetes - Benefits and Complications.

Frozen Pizza (Packaged Pizza) for People with Diabetes - Benefits and Complications.

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: March 14, 2022   
Published: March 14, 2022   

Frozen Pizza (Packaged Pizza) for People with Diabetes - Benefits and Complications.Frozen Pizza (Packaged Pizza) for People with Diabetes - Benefits and Complications.
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There are days in every household when there is no time to cook lunch or dinner. Or sometimes you find yourself simply not in the mood to be a chef for an hour or two and a night out, along with extra expenses associated with it, also not part of your plans for the day. Takeout? Maybe, but what if you don’t feel like it either or you don’t want to cope with the wait time it might require for a delivery person to knock on your door? On days like this, your savior can be waiting for you in your freezer.

Frozen food can be your lifebuoy. And not only yours! – Popularity of frozen foods has been rising for decades as the brands producing it in impressive variety keep improving both quality and diversity. Plus, long shelf life of frozen foods adds convenience to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers.

Although there are many kinds of frozen foods waiting for you behind the frosty supermarket’s freezers’ doors, if you ask people around what their favorite frozen food is, most likely you will not get too many different answers and among the most popular ones you will definitely hear the word “pizza.” Especially if you ask children! What kid doesn’t look forward to a pizza night after all? And when you also let some of their friends to come over, any ordinary evening can become a holiday night.

Frozen pizza’s victory over the hearts of consumers of all ages is well deserved. Those frozen circles of dough with some aromatic and delicious stuff on them have come a long way since frozen pizzas were first introduced to the market in the 1950s. The choices are overwhelming nowadays, catering to virtually every taste. But what if your health condition doesn’t give you freedom of grabbing anything you see on the store shelves? If you have diabetes and have to carefully watch what you eat, the same pizza that can be the source of fun for one’s evening, can be the source of trouble for you.

If you have diabetes, first of all, you have to watch your carbs intake and not to go above 200-225 grams of carbs per day. Besides, you’d better limit your daily calorie intake to 1,800 and not to consume over 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Also, you should limit your saturated fat consumption to 20 grams or less per day, because consuming too much fat and sodium can lead to serious diabetes complications including stroke and heart disease.

Fortunately, people with diabetes don’t have to turn their heads away when passing by the freezers section in their local supermarket. There are pizzas for everyone, including those, who manage their diabetes. Now, we're going to provide a few examples of what pizzas to buy, what pizzas to avoid, and for what reason.

Let’s begin from the good ones.

365 Everyday Value Cauliflower Crust Cheese Pizza

220 calories, 14 g protein, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 480 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar) per 1/3 pizza.

This pizza is especially great for those, who are on gluten-free diet. Plus, it is low on calories, fat, and carbs and gives you a decent content of protein.

On the down side, its sodium content is higher than other pizzas have.

 

Real Good Foods Cauliflower Crust Margherita Pizza

280 calories, 15 g protein, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar) per 1/4 pizza.

This pizza, although not gluten-free, is still pretty low on carbohydrates and a pretty good source of protein. Having a grain-free crust made from cauliflower, cheese, almonds, and eggs, this pizza is a particularly healthy choice. Another good thing, it is pretty low on sodium too, which is great for people with diabetes.

The minus, however, it is a bit higher on fat and calories than other available pizza choices.

 

CPK Gluten-Free Crust Margherita Recipe Pizza

190 calories, 8 g protein, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 400 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar) per 1/3 pizza.

For those, who intend to stay away from gluten, this is another wonderful choice of pizza. It is also a great pizza for weight watchers as it is very low on calories and fat.

The disadvantage? This pizza is a bit higher on carbs than other contenders and if you are looking to load up on protein along the way, you should look for other options.

 

Cali'flour Foods Uncured Chicken Pepperoni Pizza

280 calories, 23 g protein, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 750 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), per 1/2 pizza.

Because this pizza is made of cauliflower, it is naturally super low on carbs. Other advantages? – It will give you a really great boost of protein.

The biggest minus of this pizza is its sodium content. It makes sense to plan ahead with you sodium consumption for the day to make sure you stay within your limits. The fat content is also higher than other pizzas have to offer.

 

Banza Plain Crust Pizza

150 calories, 4 g protein, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat, o g trans fat), 135 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (3 g fiber, <1 g sugar) per 1/4 crust.

This pizza will give you a great opportunity to stay away from grain-made crust. This one is chickpea-based and as a result, it is very light on calories, fat, and sodium.

The negative aspect is this pizza’s carbs content, which is higher than other pizzas provide.

 

Not all frozen pizzas, however, are as diabetes-friendly as the ones above. The pizzas below, for example, are better be left in the store’s freezer if you have diabetes as they are pretty loaded on carbohydrates and sodium.

Caulipower Veggie Pizza

340 calories, 9 g protein, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, o g trans fat), 510 mg sodium, 49 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), per 1/2 pizza.

Alex's Awesome Sourdough Mushroom Pizza

460 calories, 20 g protein, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 890 mg sodium, 69 g carbs (11 g fiber, 2 g sugar), per 1/2 pizza.

OH Yes! Personal Pizza, Whole Wheat and Mozzarella Cheese

390 calories, 17 g protein, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 550 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar) per 1 pizza.

Daily Harvest Flatbread, Artichoke + Spinach

360 calories, 17 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 630 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (8 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 8 g protein per 1 flatbread.

Alpha Foods Supreme Pizza

390 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 610 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (5 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 14 g protein per 1 supreme pizza.

 

The Bottom Line

Frozen pizzas really make life easier for so many people when it comes to saving time on cooking dinner or entertaining a bunch of hungry kids. Nevertheless, if you are watching carbohydrates as well as keeping an eye on your sodium and fat consumption due to diabetes, the nutritional facts on the packaging is what you need to consult with first before taking a colorful box of pizza from the store’s freezer and placing it into your shopping cart.
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